Following the suspension of Brecon U3A activities in March due to coronavirus, all the planned Wildlife SIG talks, trips and events for 2020 were cancelled. The Wildlife SIG has now been wound up.
The Wildlife Special Interest Group was set up in 2016 to provide a mix of talks, nature rambles, visits to sites of wildlife interest and joint activities with other special interest groups.
We had talks on the following topics -
Confessions of a conservation volunteer, Brecknock Wildlife Trust's nature reserves, The work of the Brecknock Botany Recording Group, Plants found in and around Brecon, Butterflies and moths in your garden, Putting wildlife on the map - the work of the Biodiversity Information Service, A year in the company of slugs and snails, The pine marten recovery project in mid Wales, British pollinators and biodiversity, Beavers - past, present and future, Watching otters, The Big Garden Birdwatch, A light hearted look at wildlife photography, Investigating mysteries of polar bear ancestry through a genomics lens, Red squirrels in mid Wales, Skokholm Island - history, landscape and wildlife, A new nature reserve "Nant Bran Wood" near Llanfihangel Nant Bran, The work of a Police Wildlife Officer, "Swifts are in danger", the work of the Marine Conservation Society and a talk entitled "Strawberry jam and monkey nuts" which turned out to be about red squirrels and pine martens! Most recently we learnt about wildcats and had an introduction to bees
We also watched a selection of DVDs provided by the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales on some of their reserves - Taf Fechan, Brynna Woods and Coed y Bedw
We visited the RSPB Newport Wetlands reserve, the grounds of Caer Beris Manor House, the Dyfi Osprey Project, the Nature in Art Museum and Gallery at Wallsworth Hall near Gloucester, Taf Fechan nature reserve, Elan Valley, Ystradfawr nature reserve, the Weir Garden near Hereford, the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth and the Welsh Wildlife Centre near Cardigan. Closer to home we had a wild flower walk around Llangorse lake and two beaver watching evenings in the Llangorse area - although the beavers proved somewhat elusive!
Past joint events
Some of the above trips were joint ventures with other special interest groups. We joined forces with the Gardening Group to visit Caer Beris and the Weir Garden. The Creative Crafts Group joined us on our trip to the Nature in Art Museum and Gallery, and we linked up the Strollers for our walks around the Taf Fechan nature reserve and Llangorse lake.
We also ran a session with the Poetry Group to look at poems about British wildlife. In October 2017 along with the Archaeology group we attended a meeting of the Epynt Conservation Group at the Sennybridge Training Camp to learn how the MOD manages the Epynt ranges, balancing the needs of a military training area with conservation of archaeological and special wildlife sites. We also joined the Geology group for a field trip to Gilwern Hill.
Thanks to everyone who came along to these talks and trips. I've very much enjoyed running this group and having the pleasure of your company
Wildlife SIG Coordinator