Monthly Archives: April 2015

Environmental Events Swansea 2015 Booklet OUT NOW

The 2015 Environmental Events Swansea has now been published!

The booklet provides details of over 200 events taking place in and around Swansea from May to December. These include guided walks and cycle rides, a wide range of talks, workshops and training courses about wildlife and environmental issues, and lots of children’s activities in amazing natural settings. Most of the events are FREE or at low cost so everyone can get involved.

There are several festivals to enjoy too, such as the Wales Biodiversity Week and Bike Week in June, the Sculpture by the Sea Festival in July, the Gower Cycling Festival in August and Swansea Open House in September.

 

To download a copy, click HERE

The booklet is in the process of being printed and will be distributed in early May to information points in a wide range of venues across Swansea and the surrounding areas.

 

Learn about Invasive Non-native Species: Friday 29 May to Sunday 31 May

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are recognised as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally and in recent years has started to be taken seriously as having wider environmental and economic damages. These are estimated to be the equivalent of costing 5% of the world’s economy.
The course will look at the main INNS in the UK, a show how they arrived, how and how and why they are so successful, their basic ID features, problems and benefits they bring, current controls and treatment methods, relevant legislation, strategies and policies dealing with INNS, monitoring and recording campaigns and projects and future INNS which might cause problems.

This course is suitable for amateur or professional botanists/ecologists both in the voluntary or ecological sector. Some prior knowledge of ecology would be useful, but not essential.

Jo Mullett has over 20 years’ experience in the environmental sector. She has worked for a small local environmental charity as a Waste Education Officer, a national conservation charity as a Field Teacher, as a Biodiversity Officer for a local authority and now runs two companies Knotweed Control and About Wild Wales, combining INNS control consultancy with biodiversity awareness and conservation working with the general public, land owners and community.

The course is to be held in Margam Park, to book or for more details visit:

www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2015/ma/invasive-species-identification-and-control-52305.aspx

EC20 Exhibition – The story of the Envionment Centre and its buliding

Our Discovery! event on Saturday 11th April was such a great day. One of the highlights for many was our EC20 Exhibition, that tells the story of the Centre and its building. It contain press cuttings, archive material and original artifacts, as well as images and printed materials.

It is still on, so if you didn’t make it in then, why not call in over the  weeks?

We are open 10-4 Mon-Fri, but please check first in case the room is closed for a meeting to take place. Call 01792 480200.

The exhibition also includes a Timeline Infographic, which was designed especially for the occasion, this is available HERE as a PDF file.

Credits for infographic:

  • Design, Rebecca Kinsey
  • Art Direction/Copyediting, Mark Stephenson
  • Developed from an original idea by Mark Stephenson. All elements copyright 2015 the Environment Centre/Rebecca Kinsey, all rights reserved.

Seashore Safaris are back!

Join local Marine Biologist and Author Judith Oakley (Oakley Intertidal), on an exciting and educational FREE marine-themed event this summer!

Events last approx. 2.5hrs. All events FREE. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Car park charges may apply. No nets or dogs allowed. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear with good grip.

Judith’s award-winning book ‘Seashore Safaris’ will be on sale at all events
BOOKING ESSENTIAL FOR ALL EVENTS. To book & for further information, tel: 07879 837817 or email: judethemermaid@hotmail.com
GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY: Gower AONB and Natural Resources Wales.

 

Dates and beaches:

Celebrating our Twentieth Anniversary: Images from Discovery!

Here is a small selection of the photos  from our Discovery! event on Saturday 11th April 2015.

Did you come along? Are you in one of our photos? Or have some photos of your own you would like to share with us?

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Swansea Vegfest presents a Film Night: Cowspiracy Weds May 27th 7.30pm

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SRPk6gB3g0

Swansea Vegfest 2015 is proud to present COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret. A screening of the film will be held in the Environment Centre on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

Tickets are £4 and are available online or at Fancy That Bakery -100% Vegan market stalls. Contact Deby on 07773505698 or email swanseavegfest@yahoo.co.uk for more info and tickets.

There will be an optional vegan pot luck buffet at 6.30pm followed by the screening starting at 7.30pm.

Swansea Vegfest 2015 will take place at the Environment Centre on Saturday June 6th.

Calling all Community Growers: Local event Sat 25th April

The Swansea Community Growing Network Spring gathering takes place on Saturday 25th April from 1.30pm.

They are inviting local community growers to join then at the Spring Mills Community garden, Penclawdd, for an afternoon of bee-keeping, chickens, cooking demos, and some great talks from people creating real social change through community growing.

Meet and catch up with other passionate people in the Swansea area and kick start your growing season feeling part of something bigger.

All the information and booking is at this link. They currently have space for new bookings, click the link to make sure of yours by Wednesday the 22nd.

https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/events/wales-events/swansea-community-growing-network-event?view=Events

 

We are still celebrating our Twentieth Anniversary – with FREE CAKE!

Our Discovery! event ‪on Saturday was a huge success. With 100 visitors and a great celebratory feel. We are so pleased so many of our friends were able to make it.
A HUGE Thank you to all the many people who helped us out both preparing for the day and on the day. There is a huge list, so I can’t mention them all here. We will be posting pictures of the event on our website in the next day or two.

 

CAKE! We are still in celebratory mood and have now cut our special anniversary cake.
We are sharing it with our visitors! So pop by between 10am and 4pm to get your slice! Be quick though…

 

DSCF1212     cut cake

 

DSCF1313        Look out for more photos in the next day or so.