Montgomeryshire and its wildlife
Since Arpril 1st 1982, the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (MWT) has been the leading voluntary organisation promoting wildlife conservation in Montgomeryshire. Our mission is to rebuild biodiversity and engage people with their environment by being an active and influential wildlife champion. To achieve this, MWT works in the following areas:
The Trust currently manages and cares for 20 Nature Reserves within the county, totalling some 550 hectares in area. These reserves are a showcase of some of Montgomeryshire's finest remnants of prime wildlife habitat. MWT is also committed to influencing wildlife conservation policy within the wider countryside. Examples of this include:
Lobbying the Welsh Government to influence agricultural policy while also advising farmers and landowners about agri-environmental schemes such as Tir Gofal.
Working with the Local Authority to formulate and implement Biodiversity Action Plans for species and habitats under threat in Montgomeryshire. MWT also undertakes specialist projects for the aid of individual species such as Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies and Lesser Horseshoe Bats.
Working with other partners to achieve habitat creation across the County, including "large area" conservation projects such as the Pumlumon Project.
Screensaver/Desktop - if you would like to use the photograph left as a screensaver or desktop background, just click it and then right-click save; the photograph is copyright free. This is the one for Winter - a Robin taken at Cors Dyfi during the heavy snow falls of the 2009/10 winter. There will be a different one here for each season, check again on March 1st for the Spring image.
Montgomeryshire's magnificent and varied landscape still holds a wide range of habitats supporting some of our most common and threatened species. MWT aims to influence wildlife conservation policy at all levels, from advising individual landowners to lobbying the Welsh Assembly Government.
Education is vital to promote the message of nature conservation; events are held throughout the year to encourage people to visit our nature reserves and experience the wealth of nature which is around them. Much of this work is undertaken by our Education Officer who liaises with local schools and community groups and organises events and activities for all ages.
In common with all other Wildlife Trusts, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is an independent charity limited by guarantee. We are supported by approximately 1,400 members and currently employs 10 staff supported by approximately 50 active volunteers. The Dyfi Osprey project has a further 70 or so registered volunteers.
The Trust operates in close partnership with the other 46 UK Wildlife Trusts, under the guidance of the umbrella organisation - the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). In recent years we have formed a strong allegiance with our 5 fellow Welsh Wildlife Trusts, a partnership known as Wildlife Trusts Wales. This important cohesive move has given us greater national strength in our collective work for biodiversity across Wales.
To go to the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's main website, please click here
To join the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust and receive this magazine three times a year (plus the Montgomeryshire Otter magazine) click this link. You will also be helping to fund the Dyfi Osprey Project for next year!
Comma butterfly, Dolydd Hafren reserve © Emyr Evans/MWT