Nature news this week

Friday 12 March 2010, 11:14

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Stress busters!
Recent studies have shown that 78% of people in Wales feel stressed on a daily basis but fortunately 70% found that escaping to the country helped them feel instantly relaxed.

Being by the sea side, walking and having sand between our toes were the top stress busting sensations. We've got plenty of walks and places to go on offer across Wales so take a look next time you're feeling stressed!

The National Trust has over 140 miles of spectacular coastline to explore. Find one near you.

Grass fires
Grass fires have been raging all over Wales this week, stretching fire crews to their limits.The largest fires have occurred in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bangor, Gwynedd and on Gower.

The fires are all thought to have either been started deliberately or have occurred when controlled burns by land owners have got out of hand.

What on earth?
A wildlife life survey looking at five of Britain's most threatened species has been launched today. All of the species are found here in Wales and include - the corncrake, bluebell, hazel dormouse, greater horseshoe bat and stag beetle.

To get involved visit www.whatonearth.org.uk

Saving the sewin
Bangor scientists are beginning a scientific survey looking into sewin (sea trout) numbers which have been in decline in recent years. The Celtic Sea Trout Project aims to discover more about the lives of these mysterious fish, highly prized by Welsh anglers.

Noah's Ark
Students are helping create a new rare breeds centre in North Wales with an emphasis on farm animals with Welsh origins. The £1.8m facility will form part of the development at Deeside College. The existing unit already houses 100 species of animal which is set to expand and include more exotic species.

Mista ferret
And finally a ferret belonging to a local escape artist has escaped and is currently on the run in Cardiff. The ferret known as 'Mista Ferret' has his own Facebook group and is described as being 'streetwise'.

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