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Colwyn Bay waterfront to re-open to public

The latest phase of work on Colwyn Bay's waterfront project is to re-open to the public today.

The waterfront will reopen to the public today. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The project cost £6.7 million and included work repairing the damages to the existing sea wall and renewing a section of the promenade. It has been partly funded by the Welsh Government's flood defence grant.

The first phase saw hundreds of tonnes of sand being dropped on the beach. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The Waterfront project is a programme of sea defences designed to protect against flooding and damage from the sea.

It has also included safeguarding the railway line, the A55, businesses and homes in Colwyn Bay.

The first phase saw hundreds of tonnes of sand being flushed onto the beach to provide a defence from the sea during storms.

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Snowdon found to be taller than originally recorded

Experts have found that Snowdon is a metre taller than originally thought.

The three surveyors have discovered the iconic mountain now stands 1086m.

The height of Snowdon was last measured in the 1960s Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The team spent a night on the summit of Snowdon using high-tech GPS and mapping equipment.

But the Ordnance Survey which is responsible for creating the UK's maps says the height of 1085m is correct.

It says the summit was last measured in the 1960s where the height was measured to a natural rock which has now been buried under a construction.

The team of surveyors spent a night on Snowdon to carry out their work Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

We acknowledge that in very few cases there are enduring manmade features which can complicate our assessment of the natural summit; therefore decisions have to be made on a case by case basis.

Clearly, in this case something has been built on top of the natural rock and that has been measured and rightly shown to be a different height.

In this case Ordnance Survey has decided to preserve the original height of the natural summit of the mountain and retain the value 1085m on our maps.

– Ordnance Survey Spokesperson

Rare fungus found

The Fen Puffball was discovered in Powys. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales says it's uncovered a type of rare fungus previously unknown in Wales during a survey of 200 of the country’s most important bog and fen sites.

The detailed surveys of peatlands in Wales often reveal rare and unusual species and it was during one of these the team found the Fen Puffball (or Bovista paludosa).

The National Peatland Survey has been looking at the benefits of good quality peatlands to people, the economy and wildlife.

Peatland is an important habitat for nature, stores millions of gallons of water to help reduce flooding and stores carbon which helps to combat climate change.

Finding this puffball in Mynydd Epynt in Powys was an added bonus as it's the first time this fungus has been found in Wales, it is extremely rare and only five examples have ever been recorded in the UK.

Such is its rarity that that the Fen Puffball is named on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) list as a UK priority conservation species

Anti-fracking protest gets underway

Protest gets underway at the Senedd Credit: ITV Wales/Nicola Hendy
Environmental groups Friends of the Earth Cymru and Frack Free Wales have organised the event Credit: ITV Wales/Nicola Hendy

An anti-fracking demonstration is taking place outside of the Senedd, as part of co-ordinated anti-fracking protests around the world.

Environmental groups Friends of the Earth Cymru and Frack Free Wales are organising the event.

In a statement, a Welsh Government spokesperson said:

"We are committed to ensuring that the economy and people of Wales benefit from energy developments. The evidence currently available is insufficient to determine whether gas from hydrocarbons in Wales can contribute to the future energy mix and provide benefits to the people of Wales. This will only be determined through further exploration and research."

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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Anti-fracking demonstration to take place in Cardiff

Fracking is controversial in Wales and across the UK. Credit: PA

An anti-fracking demonstration is to take place outside the Senedd later as part of co-ordinated anti-fracking protests around the world.

Environmental groups Friends of the Earth Cymru and Frack Free Wales are organising the event in the Welsh capital, which will get underway from midday.

Researchers launch buoy to measure wave energy

The buoy is loaded on to Swansea University’s research vessel. Credit: Swansea University

Swansea scientists have launched a research buoy to measure the strength of waves four miles off St Govans Head in Pembrokeshire.

The Directional Waverider buoy will measure wave height and direction in an initial year-long project to work out how much energy is stored in the waves off Wales.

The buoy is launched into the sea off St Govans Head. Credit: Swansea University

Data collected will be used to inform decisions about whether it is feasible to convert this energy into renewable electrical power, via off-shore arrays.

Throughout the project duration, the public can also view the live buoy data online, through the Cefas WaveNet website.

“The marine energy industry in Wales is really starting to take off. This research buoy will allow us to refine our oceanographic models of the area, to inform where the best sites are that can be used by technology to harness our wave energy resource.

“This work will also further contribute to The Crown Estate’s recently designated South Pembrokeshire Demonstration zone, as the primary deployment site in Wales for wave energy converters.”

– Dr Ian Masters Principal investigator

More protection for island habitats welcomed

Skomer is home to puffins and other species. Credit: Suzy Harrison/PA Images

RSPB Cymru is welcoming more protection for habitats at three key sites for seabirds.

The sites are RSPB Grassholm, The Wildlife Trusts of South and West Wales islands of Skomer and Skokholm and Bardsey Island, which is managed by the Bardsey Island Trust.

The move, announced by the Welsh Government means that between 2 – 9 km of the seas around the islands are now protected by law.

Skomer is described as a photgrapher's paradise. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

The Society says the sites will contribute to the network of protected special sites helping seabird colonies to be healthier and more resilient to other issues like the effects of climate change.

The seas around islands like these are so important for our seabirds as these are where the birds socialise. Birds like gannets, Manx shearwaters and puffins, will use areas like this for preening, bathing and displaying.

– Gareth Cunningham RSPB Cymru Marine Policy Officer
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