Where's Your Wildlife?

Where's Your Wildlife offers a programme of activities, workshops and events aimed at helping local communities discover, explore and care for wildlife on post-industrial sites like The British in Torfaen.

Gwent Wildlife Trust has been successful in securing funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Morrisions to help people in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent get closer to the wildlife on their doorstep. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will benefit from funding of just over £62 000 to support a two year project focused on The British in north Pontypool, Silent Valley Nature reserve near Cwm and Central Valley, a site on the former Ebbw Vale steelworks.

The project will offer a programme of activities, workshops and events aimed at helping local communities discover, explore and care for wildlife on post-industrial sites like The British. The sites have become rich in wildlife and we need to value and protect them - often they are thought of as barren and dangerous.

Living Valleys Manager, Veronika Brannovic, said: ‘We want to change that and enthuse local communities about the nature that is right on their doorstep. This project will seek to change perceptions of sites like this from being 'blights on the landscape' to natural treasure troves. It’s really exciting that Heritage Lottery Fund and Morrisons have provided this support for the project.’

Over the next two years, people can get involved in ‘Discovery Days’ that will include activities such as guided exploration, craft activities, soundscapes and recording memories of the area. Gwent Wildlife Trust will also be looking for volunteers to train as ‘Future Wardens’ and help to manage the areas, monitor the wildlife that is there and report any problems. If technology is more your thing, the Trust is also looking for ‘Roving Reporters’ to help gather stories, memories and experiences and share them more widely. Training will be provided for this and we’re keen for people of all ages to get involved.

If you’d like more information about the project or how you can get involved, please contact Becky on 01495 307525 or email rward@gwentwildlife.org 

Volunteering opportunities

There are a number of ways to volunteer with the project – get in touch for more information

Share your story

As part of the project, we want to collect and share your experiences of being involved. Why not write a blog or share a photo with us?

www.facebook.com/gwentwildlife/