In the run-up to the release of the water voles lots of work has been done to make the habitat suitable. Ditches have been cleared and fenced to make them suitable for water voles as well as monitoring and trapping mink in the areas around Ffrwd Farm reserve.
“We are really excited to be involved in this project and to know it will see the return of the water voles to this area, after so many years of their absence. We have worked in partnership with Natural Resources Wales on this site for many years to improve the quality of the habitat, and this project really builds on all that hard work. Ffrwd Farm is a beautiful nature reserve, and water voles were once common in this area. It’s wonderful to think we could see that again.”
The UK’s population of water voles has reduced by up to 95 per cent since the 1960s but it's hoped that the release of 100 young voles at a nature reserve just outside Llanelli will help boost the population.
“Water voles were once common in rivers, canals and ponds across Wales.
“But habitat loss and predation by American mink means that they have suffered a huge decline in the last few decades and are now highly endangered.
“Setting up this new population in an ideal site is an important step to give them a better chance of survival in West Wales.
“From here the voles will be able to disperse into the surrounding landscape to re-colonise the ditch systems where they were once common.
“In the longer term, we hope that they will link up with existing populations in Llanelli and Laugharne.”
Water voles will be released at a site just outside Llanelli in a bid to boost population numbers.
The site at Ffrwd Farm near Pembrey, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), was selected because it provides excellent habitat for water voles including ditches, ponds, reedbeds and fen.
Police are appealing for information after a safe was stolen from the Eisteddfod site in Llanelli. The burglary happened over night between the 4th and 5th Augus.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Llanelli police on 101.
Campaigners fighting plans to downgrade services at the Prince Phillip hospital in Llanelli say they will appeal against the findings of a judicial review into the scheme.
Earlier this month a judge in Cardiff ruled in favour of Hywel Dda Health Board after examining the way the proposals had been drawn up. The hearing also looked at planned changes to Withybush hospital in Haverfordwest.
Western Power says all customers in Llanelli have had their power supplies restored.
The company reported 13,000 without supplies earlier today. The outage was linked to a sub station in the town and the cause is being investigated.
Western Power have apologised to those who are without power in the Llanelli area.
Engineers are currently working to restore power to up to 13,000 homes there.
Up to 13,000 homes in the Llanelli area are without power.
Western Power says engineers are working in the area to try and restore electricity. The cause is not yet known.
Those most affected are in central Llanelli.
A man recovered from Delta Lakes in Llanelli on Monday has been formally identified as 25-year-old Richard Thomas Chandler, police have confirmed.
Mr Chandler from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was working in Llanelli on a roofing contract when he went missing on Thursday.
Tributes have been paid by his family:
“He was a loving son, brother, grandson, father and partner. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed. We as a family would like to thank everyone for their kind support during this sad time.”
Police searching for a missing man in Llanelli have found a body.
Dyfed Powys Police says officers searching for the 25 year old have found a body in the Delta Lakes area of Llanelli.
A police spokesperson said formal identification has not yet taken place, but Mr Chandler's family have been informed.