Nature in Powys

Powys is known for its rural nature and varied and beautiful landscapes; from extensive patchworks of enclosed farmland to the windswept moorlands above the Elan Valley and the rugged Cambrian Mountains. The county is rich in biodiversity with over 200 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The wide variety of wildlife and habitats include examples of species identified within the UKBAP and as a priority for conservation within Wales, such as the rare pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, which relies on south facing bracken slopes and ffridd habitat, and the red squirrel which can be found in the vast coniferous forests of north-west Brecknock.

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About

The Powys Nature Partnership is a group of organisations and individuals working together to conserve Powys' wildlife for the future. It includes a range of third sector and public sector organisations, plus local experts and county recorders. We work together to co-ordinate, promote, and record existing and new actions to conserve and enhance nature in Powys.

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Our Aims

Our aim is to halt and reverse the declines in wildlife across Powys by focusing on building resilient nature recovery networks which are bigger, better and more joined up.

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How are we going to achieve it

The Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan takes the objectives from the Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales and sets them in the context of local priorities, inviting members of the Powys Nature Partnership to work together to meet these objectives. This plan will help the Powys Nature Partnership to target time and resources to develop and deliver projects at the appropriate scale to maximise nature recovery, in turn supporting healthy, functioning ecosystems and the associated benefits they provide. It will also be used to inform and support funding applications to support nature recovery in Powys.
The success of the Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan will depend on collaboration and long-term commitment of the Powys Nature Partnership, we will maximise our efforts by working together.

  • Look for opportunities to be less neat and tidy. Well-kept hedgerows and gardens provide little support to wildlife. Can you create any wild areas in your garden?
  • Record the wildlife you see. We rely on voluntary wildlife recorders submitting their records (i.e., wildlife sightings) to the Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and the Brecon Beacons (BIS). These records tell us about the changes in wildlife populations and areas where conservation efforts are required. Records are also used locally to inform planning applications and can highlight the wildlife importance of a site. BIS also run training events to help improve your wildlife identification skills.
  • Join in with citizen science surveys or projects. Much like recording, these provide conservationists with much needed wildlife records. You can join in with surveys ran by conservation organisations, which provide you with all the information you need to get started with identifying and recording wildlife.
  • Look for opportunities to help to improve local greenspaces for wildlife. This could include litter picking, putting up bird boxes, creating dead wood piles or assisting with habitat management, such as creating and managing wildflower areas. You can also volunteer with community wildlife groups and conservation charities to support local conservation projects.
  • Become a Bee-Friendly Community by taking part in Welsh Government’s Bee Friendly initiative.
  • Help the hedgehogs in your area by working as a community to create hedgehog highways.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking. If you would like more information then we have a whole section in the Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan on how communities, individuals, schools, and businesses can take action to help nature in Powys.

Key contact

Holly Dillon Powys Nature Partnership Coordinator

Powys County Council
The Gwalia
Ithon Road
Llandrindod Wells
Powys
LD1 6AA

Phone: 01874 61239
Email: biodiversity@powys.gov.uk
Website: click here

Powys is a valued member of the all-Wales Local Nature Partnership Network

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