Resilient Greater Gwent

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The Resilient Greater Gwent Project aims to reverse biodiversity decline and increase ecosystem resilience. There are two project workstreams; Resilient Ecological Networks and Sustainable Communities. The Sustainable Communities workstream, being coordinated by Monmouthshire County Council, aims to encourage people to make changes in their behaviour so they are more connected with nature, to support their physical and mental wellbeing.

Some of the activities being undertaken as part of the Sustainable Communities work are outlined below.

Pollinator packs have been distributed across the Gwent authorities. The packs contained insect houses, wildflower seeds and illustrated wildlife guides, and were distributed to schools, community groups and interested households in the community. Unfortunately, we currently have no packs available. However, for more information, click on the following link.

Wildlife cameras have been purchased through the project and are currently sited in school grounds and community spaces. We hope to see some exciting footage captured by these cameras.

The RGG Sustainable Communities project is supporting the citizen science Bugs Matter survey. Insects underpin our natural world and their numbers can help us to better understand what is happening in our environment.   We need lots of people to take part this summer, sharing findings from their journeys to help us understand more about our insect populations!

For more information about how you can get involved please click HERE.


Managing Churchyards for Wildlife:

Community groups/volunteers currently managing the grounds of churchyards/burial sites for ‘tidiness’ and general maintenance will be invited to apply for a ‘package’ of advice and equipment which will help them look at their sites in a different way and create opportunities to provide a net benefit for biodiversity in the community.

For more information about the Resilient Greater Gwent project please contact helenfairbank@monmouthshire.gov.uk


New report provides important record of the state of Gwent’s wildlife

A thought-provoking new report, published on Wednesday 21st July, has looked at the breadth of wildlife in Gwent, recording the ecological successes and identifying those species most at risk. The Greater Gwent State of Nature report is intended to inform the forthcoming Local Nature Recovery Action Plans and other conservation work. It’s hoped that the information within the report will be used to direct further recording and monitoring, as well as future conservation action.

The report, funded by the Welsh Government’s Enabling of Natural Resources and Well-being Grant, has covered the five Local Authorities of Greater Gwent; Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen, looked at the species found within the region. It aim is to reverse biodiversity decline and increase resilience of nature through partnership working.

The RGG partnership and Gwent’s Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) chose 100 species to represent the breadth of wildlife found within the region, whose stories inspire, raise concern, and even make us curious. By studying species populations and trends, changes and threats in the wider ecosystems that support them are revealed.

Water vole (Photo: Andy Karran)

Councillor Lisa Dymock, Monmouthshire County Council’s cabinet member for Community Wellbeing and Social Justice, said: “This report provides invaluable information that will help us target those species most at risk. It’s clear there are some great success stories as well. Bittern are back breeding on the Gwent Levels for the first time in 200 years, for example, and colonies of horseshoe bats are thriving. Worryingly, evidence shows that we are rapidly losing lapwing from the area. Of even greater concern is data that suggests that adders will be lost entirely in just 30 years if nothing changes.

“For many of the 100 species included, this has been the first time that regional trends have been recorded. The monitoring and collection of wildlife data is incredibly important and will help inform us going forward. It’s key to safeguarding the ecological future of the region.”