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  1. National Botanic science takes centre stage in China

    Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:07

    The science and art of the National Botanic Garden of Wales are taking centre stage in China at the Wales Week celebrations.

    An exhibition at Nanshan Botanic Garden in Chongqing - entitled 'Barcode Wales: Beyond the Visible' features images and artwork illustrating the project to DNA barcode the flowering...

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  2. Natur Cymru's nature writing competition

    Tuesday 28 February 2012, 09:49

    Whatever the weather any time between now and 31 March will be good for sowing the seeds of inspiration in Natur Cymru's nature writing competition.

    Up for grabs this year are over £1,000 of prizes including a place on the nature writing course at Tŷ Newydd (Lloyd George's old home) and £500 donated...

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  3. Rivers Trusts to tackle invasive species

    Tuesday 14 February 2012, 11:12

    Today Rivers Trusts in North East Wales are holding a conference on the Management of Invasive Weeds in the River Dee catchment at Beaufort Park near Mold.

    The Trusts are co-operating on a major programme to eradicate invasive weeds from three rivers catchments, the Dee, the Clwyd and the Conwy.

    The...

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  4. African holiday for Welsh osprey

    Tuesday 7 February 2012, 10:52

    There's a nice update here from the Dyfi Osprey Project. The first chick to leave the nest last year was called Einion and thanks to GPS tracking, we know that he's alive and well and currently holidaying in West Africa.

    Einion set off in the morning from Mid Wales on 31 August and by late afternoon...

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  5. Weekend weather: Snow possible

    Friday 3 February 2012, 15:37

    Derek is off today so Sue Charles has kindly picked up the weather mantle.

    We've just had the coldest night of year so far especially in Powys where temperatures fell to -11 Celsius near Llanwrtyd Wells and -9 In Newbridge on Wye!

    But there's a big change this weekend as a battle takes place between...

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  6. Crafty birds

    Friday 3 February 2012, 10:39

    Recently I've been trying my best to attract a few more birds to BBC Wales HQ here in Llandaff. When I say birds, I mean small, interesting ones rather than the feral pigeons and herring gulls that line the rooftops here every single day of the year.

    It's not to say that we live in a wildlife wilderness...

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  7. World Wetlands Day

    Thursday 2 February 2012, 11:17

    Today, millions of people around the world will be taking part in activities to mark World Wetlands Day

    Since 1997 World Wetlands Day has been used to raise public awareness to the values and benefits of wetland habitats.

    The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance called the Ramsar Convention...

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  8. Big Garden Birdwatch

    Thursday 26 January 2012, 10:09

    Over half a million people will be taking part in the world's biggest wildlife survey this weekend - the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

    Simply spend one hour over the weekend of 28-29 January, counting the birds in your garden or local park, and record the highest number of each bird species seen at any...

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  9. Where have all the birds gone?

    Monday 23 January 2012, 11:19

    As the milder weather continues, our wildlife is becoming increasingly confused with the fact that we are still actually in winter.

    Yesterday I visited Merthyr Mawr with my 2 year old son and his friend for a spot of 'dune surfing' on a snow sledge - hard work dragging/ carrying him back up to the top...

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  10. Rhys to the Rescue: Series 2

    Thursday 19 January 2012, 16:55

    When Welsh wildlife is in trouble, it's often humans who are to blame although nature and the weather can also take their toll.

    Dr Rhys Jones is back with a brand new series of Rhys to the Rescue on BBC One Wales, Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

    In episode...

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  11. Stargazing Live in Wales

    Monday 16 January 2012, 09:23

    After last year's successful event, Stargazing Live returns to BBC Two, 16-18 January 2012.

    Last year, up to 40,000 people took part in Stargazing astronomy activities in the UK and in 2012 BBC Learning and the Stargazing Live team are inviting more of you to get involved, with hundreds of events and...

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  12. Richard Burton walking trail opens

    Wednesday 11 January 2012, 15:15

    A new walking trail has recently opened to commemorate the Hollywood star, Richard Burton.

    The trail starts at Burton's birthplace in Pontrhydyfen.

    Visitors can then listen to the Oscar-nominated star quote a passage from Under Milk Wood, the play by his favourite poet Dylan Thomas who also has walks...

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  13. The Living World

    Tuesday 6 December 2011, 11:28

    Despite the cooler weather, fungi are still going strong and the constant flow of fungi photos to our BBC Wales Nature Flickr group is testament to that.

    A scientist has just discovered a rare fungi living in a Worcestershire garden - the powdercap strangler.

    Only found in a handful of locations around...

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  14. Evergreen Christmas

    Monday 5 December 2011, 11:21

    With Christmas fast approaching I thought I'd take a look at our relationship between nature and the festive period, a time when many of us 'willingly' bring nature into our homes without a second thought - in the guise of fir trees, holly wreaths, mistletoe and ivy.

    To begin with, most people believe...

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  15. Autumn wildlife on strike

    Monday 5 December 2011, 10:46

    November was incredibly mild this year which has had a knock on effect on our wildlife in Wales.

    Lyndsey Maiden from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) has been in touch with some examples of unseasonal behaviour and sightings.

    Whilst our summer visitors have left us and our winter...

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  16. Winter wildlife pictures

    Monday 5 December 2011, 10:21

    It may be getting chillier but that doesn't stop the wildlife or the photographers for that matter.

    Here are a few photos from our Flickr group which have caught my eye recently:

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  17. Starlings swoop into Llanelli wetlands

    Monday 28 November 2011, 10:18

    I was only blogging about this last week and wondering when we were going to see more starling 'murmurations' happening in Wales when this News online story appeared about the Llanelli Wetland Centre.

    The reserve believe that around 100,000 starlings have recently arrived to roost there over winter...

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  18. Cold snap for birds ahead

    Wednesday 23 November 2011, 11:53

    The mild autumn weather has meant late sightings of summer migrants, late broods of young for birds like blue tits and empty feeders as birds were still finding food further afield.

    Derek Brockway is warning of unsettled and changeable weather ahead with some short, sharp cold snaps which could have...

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  19. Winter visitors

    Monday 21 November 2011, 10:50

    The more exotic looking winter birds are beginning to arrive in Wales now and as usual, our Flickr group members have been first on the scene. Here's a taster of what we've received recently.

    These shots of an Isabelline wheatear on North Gower have caused quite a stir amongst 'twitchers' as these birds...

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  20. Grassholm gannet nests

    Monday 31 October 2011, 11:01

    Grassholm Island or 'Gwales' in Welsh was the first RSPB reserve to be established in Wales back in 1948 so it's fitting that in this centenary year RSPB wardens - Lisa and Greg Morgan are fighting to combat an issue that affects the third largest gannet population in the Atlantic - plastic.

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