85 posts about news on this blog
Wednesday 21 March 2012, 10:22
The Welsh government has dropped plans to cull badgers as part of an attempt to wipe out bovine TB in cattle.
Environment Minister John Griffiths said he had instead opted to vaccinate the animals after carefully considering the scientific evidence.
A review of the science involved in controlling...
Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:07
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...
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.
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...
Friday 18 November 2011, 16:02
A couple of countryside stories have caught my eye this week.
The first was a report from conservationists calling for urgent action to restore vast areas of peatland - including the Welsh uplands, in order to control levels of CO2 emissions.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature...
Friday 28 October 2011, 11:29
Accolades for our stunning Welsh coastline just keep on coming.
The travel bible - Lonely Planet have just announced that Wales is a 'must-see destination for 2012', highlighting the All Wales Coastal Path as a potentially huge crowd puller in their top ten regions for 2012.
The path aims to create...
Tuesday 18 October 2011, 15:41
Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) is the subject taking up our time on Country Focus this week.
What's that you say? Well, quite, and as you may have already guessed - it's an American term for what medical experts are claiming is a recognisable condition, namely that people are increasingly becoming...
Tuesday 11 October 2011, 12:23
Sheep rustling is on the increase and becoming a big problem for farmers in Wales.
I know this after making a radio series earlier this year about rural crime and discovering that as the economy nose-dives, criminals are becoming more organised and more audacious.
I spoke to one farmer, (who didn't...
Tuesday 27 September 2011, 17:30
I've been out and about in Haverfordwest today, a town which started a campaign three years ago to become 'plastic bag free'.
A local campaigning group created a cotton bag, designed by schoolchildren, complete with the slogan 'Do Something Drastic, Stop Using Plastic'.
Wednesday 21 September 2011, 16:06
Plans for a huge offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel are to go on show to people across south and west Wales.
Atlantic Array would be roughly 10 miles off south Wales and nearly nine miles off north Devon.
Meanwhile, the first minister has reiterated his frustration that big onshore wind farm...
Tuesday 20 September 2011, 15:45
Meet Steve Backshall and the team as they bring the wild CBBC TV show to Margam Country Park on Sunday, October 7.
This is your chance to come face to face with amazing animals and have a go at fun adventure activities.
The event is free but is ticket only, so you must register for tickets.
Tuesday 16 August 2011, 16:03
A giant letter M, similar to the burger chain McDonald's logo, has mysteriously appeared on an island owned by TV writer and animal rights campaigner Carla Lane.
Carla Lane is famed for a string of hit TV comedies in the 1970s and 80s including Butterflies, Bread and The Liver Birds.
The yellow letter...
Tuesday 16 August 2011, 10:18
It's not every day you go to the beach and stumble across a world record attempt...
On Sunday I visited Pendine sands for the annual beach meeting of the Carmarthenshire Karate Club (as you do) but at the other end of the beach, father and son team, Don and Joe Wales were attempting to smash the UK...
Monday 25 July 2011, 12:12
The first lesser flamingo chick to be hatched in captivity was at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire in July 2006.
The lesser flamingo egg was...
Monday 25 July 2011, 11:37
Flickr regular Keith O'Brien has sent in these fantastic shots of a feral pony being rescued from Ardudwy Leat, near Trawsfynydd.
The Ardudwy Leat is a conduit which captures water from the headwaters of streams in the Eden basin and is roughly...
Saturday 9 July 2011, 10:27
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail on Sunday, 10 July at the Offa's Dyke Centre West Street, Knighton LD7 1EN.
Here's the itinerary:
1.30 pm Grand Parade leaves Brookside Square to Offa's Dyke Park where Fancy Dress. Competitions for all ages will be judged
Monday 20 June 2011, 11:40
Almost 400 people took part in the Midsummer Skinny Dip at Rhossili beach this weekend, raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the National Trust.
Watch the National Trust video of the event on You Tube.
The news has subsequently gone global, reaching as far as Australia and has been all over...
Friday 17 June 2011, 14:24
Head of WWF Cymru, Anne Meikle looks back at the charity's achievements and explains why in 2011, its work needs your support more than ever:
"Amid fears that hunting and habitat destruction would lead to the extinction of much of Africa's wildlife, WWF was formed in 1961. Now active in more than 100...
Monday 16 May 2011, 12:46
To take part in a world record attempt at Rhossili Beach, Gower.
Wannabe record breakers (over 18's only) are being invited to take the plunge and strip off for charity as well as breaking the world skinny dipping record on a National Trust beach.
The midsummer skinny dip will take place at 7am on...
Thursday 5 May 2011, 13:23
Grass fires burning in the Brecon Beacons National Park are described as the worst seen in 30 years.
Park managers said they could not have come at a worst time, affecting nesting birds and wildlife.
Meanwhile, a number of new fires broke out overnight, including four hectares of land at Llwynypia...
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