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£600,000 boost to improve accessibility to Wales' national parks

A funding package of £600,000 has been announced, to improve accessibility in Wales' national parks.

It's hoped the funding will help improve access to Wales' National Parks Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

The money will also help repair storm damage to the Wales Coast Path.

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant announced £126,000 will go towards improving two sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Path, while a further £104,500 would help repair damage caused to the Wales Coast Path during the winter.

The remaining money (£369,500), will be split between the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Park Authorities.

Our world renowned National Parks and Wales Coast Path attract millions of visitors to Wales every year, and help create and support many jobs in the rural economy.

It’s vital that the National Park Authorities and Natural Resources Wales continue to maintain and improve their popular paths. This funding will help ensure that essential work can take place so local communities and visitors to Wales can continue to enjoy everything they have to offer.

– Carl Sargeant, Natural Resources Minister

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Fire crews responding to grass fire in Abercynon

Firefighters are responding to reports of a grass fire near Abercynon.

The wildfire is said to cover one hectare of land - that's equivalent to 100 acres.

'Monster' lamb weighing 11kg born on Powys farm

A ewe in Brecon has given birth to a 'monster' sized lamb, weighing in at an impressive 24.2lbs.

The farmer's eight month old granddaughter, Esmae, couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about! Credit: Gerwyn Rees

The whopper lamb is part of the Aberyscir flock, owned by a farming family in Brecon, Powys.

He is by a ram called Caereinion Valiant which is a very big ram but thankfully, all his other lambs have been born unaided and weigh a normal 5kg each. I have never seen such a big lamb and it took three of us to deliver him but both mother and lamb are now doing well.

– Gerwyn Rees, farmer

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'27,000 say no to scallop dredging' in Cardigan Bay

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Conservationists say over 27,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Welsh government to withdraw its proposals to open up Cardigan Bay to scallop dredging.

Large parts of the Bay are protected as ‘Special Areas of Conservation’ under European law and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) have been calling on Welsh government for better fisheries management in these sites.

WDC believe the proposal to open up the Bay to scallop dredging is premature and should only be looked at as part of a wider, sustainable fishery management programme.

We are delighted so many people support our view that the current proposal to open up protected areas to scallop dredging is wrong. We hope that the Welsh government will take notice of the high level of opposition to these proposals and withdraw them.

– Mike Green, WDC

Catch up: A Big Welsh Adventure

A new series celebrating Wales’ 2016 Year of Adventure, where its breathtaking landscape provides the perfect adrenaline fuelled playground. And a look back at how adventures from the past are proving inspirational to the future.

In tonight's programme, Tori James looks back at a team of adventurers who attempted to become the first to paddle the length of the highest river in the world - the notorious Dudh Kosi of Everest.

Missed the previous episodes? You can catch up here.

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