Confor Woodland Show 2015

Confor full logoThe Confor Woodland Show 2015 is being held on 10 / 11 September 2015 on the Longleat Estate.  For full details, see the event flyer here>>

An item on the re-introduction of the Pine Marten for grey squirrel control may be of interest – whichever side of the debate you’re on.

Q&A Panel: Species introduction

9.45 – 11.00 – 11 September 2015 in the Confor marquee

Chair: Dougal Driver

Introduction: Ian Gambles, Forestry Commission England

Panel: Jonathan Spencer (Forestry Commission); Emma Sheehy (Aberdeen University); Vincent Wildife Trust; Derek Gow; and, BASC.

Join Confor for a bacon butty and put your questions to the panel.  The subject of species re-introduction is one that arouses polarised opinions.  The moral argument is put forward that we exterminated these species so we should bring them back. Others note that they were exterminated for a reason, and that the factors that made them extinct in the first place e.g. habitat loss and hunting, need to have been dealt with before a re-introduction can take place. There is a legal side to it involving UN conservation body the IUCN, which requires member states to consider re-introducing species that have become extinct for, say, conservation management. This debate will focus on beavers for watercourse management and Pine martens for grey squirrel control.

Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership – June 2015

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Camera trap feeder at Llanddwei Brefi with Merryll Hills (left), NRW Conservation Manager, James Tinney and WTSWW Red Squirrel Officer, Becky Hulme

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The new MWRSP website has gone live! As well as key information and reports on our red squirrels, the new site includes an easy-to-use reporting facility for red squirrel sightings.  You can also find out where and when reds have been seen in your locality by checking out maps of red squirrel sightings.  Please do donate if you can to our Red Squirrel Appeal, all the more imperative after the sad news that Environment Wales grants have been withdrawn. Read more>>

A PDF version of the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership’s newsletter is available here>>