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Natural Resources Wales works in partnership with 16 coastal local authorities and two National Parks to manage and maintain the path, with funding from Welsh Government. We also work closely with Visit Wales. Between us, our job is to make sure that the Wales Coast Path is promoted as a fantastic long distance walking destination - for people in Wales and for visitors from all corners of the globe! Here, Eve tells us about her work and a great day out Walking in the digital world.. Promoting the path on social media is one of the things I love about my job. I see so many images of the Welsh coast on our social media accounts. I never get tired of seeing Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower or Llanddwyn Island on the Isle of Anglesey. People have such a deep connection to the coast - from childhood summer holiday, walking/running charity challenges to just simply savouring the best of what Wales has to offer. When the path was launched in 2012, some bits of it didn’t hug the coastline quite as closely as we would have liked. So, since then, our work has shifted towards making improvements to the route. And with every new improvement, there’s a new seascape for people to explore. So, when I was invited to walk a couple of new sections of the path on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, I grabbed the opportunity with my walking boots and camera at the ready! The newly opened sections mean that Porth Ceriad to Trwyn Llech y Doll, and Trwyn y Ffosle to Hell’s Mouth are now open for walkers. They are fantastic stretches of the coast – adding greatly to the original route. My walking partners were Molly Lovatt, North Operations, and Helen Evans, Communications, - and Meinir Jones, project officer for Bws Arfordir Llyn. A walk and a bus ride! Another reason for my visit was to check out the coastal bus service Bws Arfordir Llyn / Llyn Coastal Bus, a pilot project part-funded by NRW. Walkers can use this pick up and request bus service around the Llyn coast. It’s a real boon for walkers as it means you can walk whatever distance you fancy without having to retrace your steps. We caught the 10.30 mini bus from Hell’s Mouth to a request stop at Machroes (near Abersoch). We were joined on the bus by eight members of the Chester Rambling and Hill Walking Club, who were in the area for a weekend of walking. They were great adverts for the bus service, as they enthusiastically extolled its virtues. They also praised the free downloadable Wales Coast Path maps and distance tables online. Meinir, who runs the bus service, told to us that more than 2,600 people had used the bus service over the summer season and that feedback was very positive. However, with its pilot funding coming to an end this year, Meinir is now turning her sights towards finding new funding streams so that the service can continue to build on this early success. Some highlights of the walk… Passing the islands of St Tudwal’s East, and St Tudwals West (owned by the adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls), we made our way towards Porth Ceriad beach. New recycled plastic steps made it easier to climb one steep section of the coast. And it was worth it - we were rewarded by fantastic views of the beach and Cilan headland. Winding our way around Cilan head, we arrived at the second newish opened section Trwyn y Ffosle and back to Hell’s Mouth beach. Standing there, taking in the sweeping vista of the beach and the surrounding coastline literally took my breath away (it was quite windy up there!). And back to the digital world… With my walk over all too quickly (well about four hours long), I’m back in the world of social media! The hard work that goes into making sure that the Wales Coast Path does what it says on the tin simply would not be possible without our working partnership with all the organisations involved, all working with local landowners to negotiate and manage public access. Bonus points to Gwynedd Council for working hard to negotiate this route to be closer to the coast! Projects like this popular coastal bus service is one way of making the path more accessible so that can people enjoy the health benefits of walking and give a welcome boost to the local economy while they’re at it! Let’s hope it continues… If you want to try a day out using the Llyn Coastal Bus Service, it runs till the end of October from Thursdays to Sundays and costs just £1 per journey. Check out their website – www.bwsarfordirllyn.co.uk Further Information For free downloadable coast maps and tips for planning your trip go to our website: http://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/?lang=en Explore more in the Menai-Llyn and Merionnydd: http://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/explore-by-area/menai-llŷn-meirionnydd/?lang=en Feeling social? Like and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google + We’d love to see your pictures of the Welsh coastline, just tag us on @walescoastpath #walescoast #arfordircymru
With over 70 National Nature Reserves in Wales, we are all only a few miles away from a special place to discover nature. Our colleagues at the National Nature Reserves (NNR) have got together to write a blog, bringing you the latest news and goings on from a different site each month. This month’s blog is from Paul Williams, Senior Reserves Manager, Meirionnydd Uplands. Protecting rare, fussy plants; cloning trees; and looking for old monasteries. Another ordinary day on one of the smallest National Nature Reserves in Wales. The monastery lichen (or Biatoridium monasteriense) is tiny and not very impressive to look at with the naked eye. You need a good magnifying lens to see it, and lots of patience to find it! This is one of the rarest plants in Wales, and one which has caused quite a stir at its only known location - Allt y Benglog National Nature Reserve (NNR), near Rhydymain in Snowdonia National Park. I say ‘plant’, but lichens aren’t plants to be precise. They are two different organisms that co-operate with each other to live as one. A fungus makes up one half of the relationship; creating perfect living conditions for the other partner, an alga, or cyanobacteria. The algaes part of the bargain is to produce sugars through the process of photosynthesis. Where does the monastery lichen grow? It’s very selective indeed, and only trees bearing special bark in specific circumstances will do. At Allt y Benglog NNR, it only grows on wych elms, and only mature wych elms with old, gnarly, fissured bark. That bark has to be south facing, but with some dappled shade. The bark must be of a certain chemical composition, and its pH being slightly alkaline. Oh, and it must be able to retain some water too…No wonder it only grows on three trees in the whole of Wales! The elms of the British Isles (and beyond) have had a hard time with the devastating Dutch elm disease killing millions of trees. In spite of this, the three trees here at Allt y Benglog have remained healthy, possibly suggesting that they have a degree of immunity, or resistance to the infection. A dramatic twist in the recent history of our elms Three quarters of the Welsh population of monastery lichen ended up faced down in the dark when the oldest elm was blown over by the wind, threatening the future of the species. Something had to be done quickly! The highest branches were removed, and the tree was winched back to its upright position by the NNR team, with the help of a specialist company. I had to hold my breath and cross my fingers until we were later able to confirm that some of the lichen had survived the damage, and thankfully, the tree is thriving to this day. The fragile state of the monastery lichen –depending entirely on the health of just three trees- means that something has to be done to give it a more secure future. Protecting the lichen for the future We are working with Treborth Botanic Gardens in Bangor to breed young trees from cuttings taken from the Rhydymain elms. Growing from cuttings means we can ensure that the bark will be suitable for the lichens, and there’s a greater chance that the trees will grow old without suffering from disease. We also have a student from Bangor University’s School of Biological sciences who is researching the specific qualities of the original elm’s bark. Part of this research involves looking at the environmental conditions (e.g. light and humidity level) that give ideal growing conditions for the monastery lichen. The intention is to plant the new trees in optimal locations on the NNR to secure the future of the monastery lichen. Another key partnership in this amazing story is the one between conservationists and farmers. Without the cooperation of those who live alongside the NNR, it would have been impossible to take the necessary vehicles and equipment to the site of the fallen tree. Because they saw the value of this type of conservation work, one of Wales’ rarest species has a brighter future. The name? It seems that the first records of this special lichen came from the site of a monastery on the continent, and it was given the name monasteriense. Although a complete coincidence, there’s a spectacular waterfall on the river that flows through the NNR, called Pistyll Hen Fynachlog, which means the Old Monastery cascade, and the name of the nearest house also recalls a monk. The name monastery lichen is therefore very appropriate: what do you think? Follow Paul on Twitter and Facebook! You can learn more about our work to protect the rich, diverse and valuable wildlife we have in Wales but following Paul on Twitter @WardenCadair or follow ‘Canolfan Ymwelwyr Cadair Idris Visitor Centre’ on Facebook. Cadair Idris National Nature Reserven
This year, the event will be held from 16-21st October 2016 at the Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language Centre in North Wales. With Porthdinllaen on the doorstep – where you will find some of Wales’ finest seagrass beds – the workshop will have a strong Welsh focus. Seagrass is a productive and biodiverse habitat, made of plants adapted to life in the sea. It provides services to humanity that make it one of the most valuable habitats on the planet. Seagrass meadows provide important habitat for juvenile fish such as cod, plaice, herring and pollack. They also help mitigate climate change by trapping vast amounts of carbon dioxide into marine sediments. Protecting these habitats is vital for our coastal environment and for the sustainability of our fisheries. We’re expecting 200 participants from around the world to join the event, including world leading scientists from China, Indonesia, Brazil and Sri Lanka. Hosting this event is a chance for us to showcase our fantastic coastline and put seagrass conservation in Wales in the spotlight. Alison Hargrave, Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Officer will be giving a talk and leading a guided tour on seagrass conservation at Porthdinllaen. According to Alison: “The seagrass at Porthdinllaen is classed as being in an unfavourable condition partly due to the impacts of boat anchors and mooring. Our project is looking at how we can reduce this impact without impinging on how people use the area. “We’ve been doing surveys to look at the importance of the seagrass here, and the extent of the damage. We found that the bed is an important nursey ground for commercial fish species. “We’ve been working closely with stakeholders to make sure they are involved from the start and that they help decide what steps should be taken in Porthdinllaen. The conference is an opportunity for us to gather ideas about how to adapt moorings to reduce their impact on seagrass.” A series of events for local people will run alongside the workshop. The workshop is hosted through a collaboration between scientist and environmental managers from a range of organisations in Wales, but led primarily by scientists from Project Seagrass www.projectseagrass.org Supporting organisations: SEACAMS2, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Project Seagrass, National Trust, Gwynedd County Council, Natural Resources Wales.
The Marloes Peninsula is a must-visit for wildlife watching, heritage hunting, coastal walks and outdoor adventure.
The landscape here is incredibly diverse; craggy cliffs and coves make way for sandy bays and neighbouring islands, whilst further inland, coastal heath and thriving wetlands sit alongside agriculture.
There’s plenty to see, do and explore, so get the binoculars, bucket and spade, and walking boots ready and make the most of Marloes.DISCOVER MORE OF OUR VIDEO BLOGS
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