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Concerns raised over swan handling incident

Carmarthenshire County Council has asked the public to remain vigilant after reports of swans being handled in Sandy Water Park.

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Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. The Act also applies to their eggs and it is an offence to damage a swan's nest.

These beautiful swans enhance the area at Sandy Water Park and are for the benefit of everyone visiting the area. It’s so sad and very unfortunate that swans and their nests are sometimes a target for vandals but if anyone is spotted carrying out any wrongdoing to them then they will be reported to the police.

– Cllr Meryl Gravell

Tiny gecko found in Swansea couple's luggage

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The RSPCA says a tiny gecko has made its way to Wales after hitching a ride in the luggage of a Swansea couple.

They were holidaying in Grenada in the Caribbean.

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The couple contacted the RSPCA and the tiny creature is now in the care of an exotics specialist.

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It is hard to identify it due to its size - as it is the size of a postage stamp. But it is some type of gecko - possibly a house gecko, but we don’t know for sure.

This wasn’t your day-to-day call - but it does happen and I have picked up a couple of similar things before that have been stowaways.

– Nic De Celis, RSPCA inspector

To release a non-native into the wild is an offence (under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981).

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Observatory opens at Dyfi Valley nature reserve

A wildlife observatory has officially opened today at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve in Powys.

It will offer visitors a 360-degree panoramic view of the Dyfi Valley.

The observatory, which is part of the Dyfi Osprey Project, already attracts 40,000 visitors a year and there are hopes the new facility will boost numbers further.

Pictures: New Dyfi Valley wildlife observatory opens

The new observatory cost £1.4m - funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Communities and Nature and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust.
Visitors to the observatory on the Cors Dyfi reserve can get a 360-degree panoramic view of the Dyfi Valley in Mid Wales.
The reserve is home to the Dyfi Osprey Project, which attracts 40,000 visitors per year.


New wildlife observatory a 'world class facility'

A brand new observatory opening today on Cors Dyfi, home of the Dyfi Osprey Project, has been called a 'world class facility.'

Visitors will get a 360 degree panoramic view of the Dyfi Valley, allowing them to experience the ecosystem from a totally new perspective.

We now have a world class facility that will enable us to connect people with wildlife like never before in Wales. It takes forward our vision of enhancing people's relationship with nature and learning about the natural world around us.

The 360 Observatory takes wildlife watching and learning to a higher level, quite literally.

– Emyr Evans, 360 Project Manager

360 degree observatory opens on Cors Dyfi reserve

The new 360 degree observatory will provide fantastic views of the ospreys over the Dyfi Valley. Credit: Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

A brand new 360 observatory is opening later today on the Cors Dyfi reserve, home of the Dyfi Osprey Project.

It will provide a full 360 degree panoramic view of the Dyfi Valley with the Pumlumon Mountains and Snowdonia National Park.

The £1.4 million project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Communities and Nature, and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust.

It has also been supported by thousands of volunteer hours and has created four jobs for the Dyfi Valley.

The Dyfi Osprey Project, only open in the summer months, brings in 40,000 visitors a year, and up to £350,000 to the local economy.

The new Observatory will be open for 12 months a year and it is hoped will bring added visitors and value to the area.

Damsels in distress

Damselflies and Dragonflies flourish in clean water. Credit: Glandwr Cymru

Glandwr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales is warning the wettest winter on record could have had a lasting impact on populations of damselflies and dragonflies.

It says fluctuating river levels and fast currents are known to wash away larva (or nymphs).

As larva live underwater for up to three years, our unprecedented floods may have a long-term effect on dragonfly populations.

Dragonflies' ancestors were around before dinosaurs. Credit: Glandwr Cymru

The Trust is asking people to help monitor the insects as part of its annual Great Nature Watch, which launches today

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