Bardsey Island

Coast & Country on Bardsey Island

Andrew concludes his tour of Welsh Islands with a visit to Bardsey Island, known for its spiritual past and ancient history.


Why has the temperature dropped?

Summer has certainly been a season of two halves. June and July saw temperatures rise above average, whereas August is unseasonably cool.

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Peregrine Falcon poisoning confirmed

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrines' prey includes pigeons. Credit: DPA/PA Images

Police are appealing for help after it was confirmed that a Peregrine Falcon had been poisoned to death in North Wales.

The bird was recovered by the Rural Crime Team in June at a quarry near Penmaenmawr. It underwent an examination by a vet, where blood tests confirmed poison in its system.

“This is the second suspicious death of Peregrine Falcons in just a few months in North Wales. Poisoning was also suspected when four birds were found dead in a nest in the Nantlle Valley in July.”

– Rural Crime Team manager Sgt Rob Taylor

Police say the highly protected bird is often seen as a threat to racing pigeons, and officers are following up a number of leads.

CMI: Lower levels of pay for women 'can't be justified'

Figures out today show female managers in Wales are earning almost £4,000 less than their male counterparts.

The Chartered Management Institute also says more needs to be done to 'tackle gender bias' in pay policies.

Lower levels of pay for women managers cannot be justified, yet our extensive data shows the pay gap remains for too many women in Wales.

Women and men should be paid on the basis of their performance in their particular roles, but this is clearly not yet the case for far too many.

We have to stamp out cultures that excuse this as the result of time out for motherhood and tackle gender bias in pay policies that put too much emphasis on time served.

– Ann Francke, Chief Executive, CMI


Calls to tackle 'avoidable' callouts to Snowdon

Man walking to the summit of Snowdon
Walker makes his way to the summit Credit: PA

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is calling for more to be done to tackle problems and risks on Mount Snowdon.

According to the organisation there has been a significant increase in the number of avoidable callouts to rescue teams, parking problems, traffic congestion and litter.

More than 470,000 walkers visited the mountain in 2013, and the BMC says funding to the park needs to be upped to reflect its status as Britain's busiest mountain.

The current practice of managing the paths by reacting to individual problems such as 'landscaping' and smoothing out natural obstacles has done nothing to alleviate the issues.

If anything it has created a bigger problem as many walkers and visitors are under the impression that Snowdon is a 'tourist attraction', similar to a fully way-marked country park trail.

– Elfyn Jones, BMC

Latest gender pay gap revealed for Welsh workers

Business women
The widest pay gap was recorded between men and women aged 45-60 Credit: PA

Figures out today show female managers in Wales are earning almost £4,000 less than their male counterparts.

The Chartered Management Institute also says mens' average bonuses tends to be bigger too. Campaigners are asking for businesses to do more to bridge the gap.

Police: Jail sentence for robber sends 'clear message'

Police say the sentencing of a drug addict who robbed a Llandudno pensioner will send a 'clear message' to those who target the vulnerable.

It is important the Criminal Justice System imposes strong sentences on those people in our communities intent on disrupting the lives of the vast majority of law-abiding citizens.

Austin Bellew is a prolific offender and this sentence will send a clear message to those intent on committing crimes of violence, particularly against vulnerable people.

North Wales Police will relentlessly pursue those individuals who cause such harm within our communities.

– DC Donna Walne, North Wales Police

Read: 'Prolific' offender jailed for robbing Llandudno pensioner

'Prolific' offender jailed for robbing pensioner

Austin Bellew
Austin Bellew has been jailed for robbing an 82-year-old man in Llandudno. Credit: North Wales Police

A 40-year-old man described as a 'prolific offender' with a 'shocking' record has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to robbing a pensioner in Llandudno.

Austin Bellew, of Parc Bodnant, snatched £400 from the 82-year-old man, who had stopped several times to count his money on the way to the bank.

Bellew, a heroin and crack cocaine addict, was caught soon afterwards and the money was recovered by police.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard Bellew had come into town to buy drugs when he spotted the pensioner.

Judge Niclas Parry told the defendant :"On August 8th, a decent 82-year-old man was going about his day-to-day business. He had the misfortune to come upon you. You saw him as an easy target and went for him."


Funeral for pensioner Arthur Jones to be held today

Arthur Jones
The Denbigh pensioner had not been seen on the Greek island since June 18.

A funeral for pensioner Arthur Jones, who died whilst on holiday in Crete, will be held later today in Denbigh.

The body of the 73 year old was found by the Greek authorities in a rural location in the Chania area of northern Crete last week.

Mr Jones was on a walking holiday on the Greek island when he was reported missing on June 18 after the hotel he was staying at became concerned when he had failed to turn up to his airport transfer.

Read More: Arthur Jones remembered as 'loving father'

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