Welsh Conservation by Land, Sky and Sea
Welsh conservation is setting the standard for wildlife conservation in the UK. This week I’m taking a closer look at some of the initiatives.
What it lacks in size, Wales makes up for in terms of wilderness. Known for its hiking, mountains, valleys and rugged cliffs, Welsh conservation is setting the standard for wildlife conservation. Our founder, Max, recently set off on a Welsh roadtrip to explore this amazing country for himself…and boy was he impressed!
Did you know there is only one type of squirrel native to Britain? The red squirrel used to be quite common in Britain but their numbers have been declining rapidly thanks to the increased presence of the larger grey squirrel. There are a few pocket populations of red squirrels left in Wales and Welsh conservation efforts led by the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership are working hard to protect these unique animals. Conservation projects are focusing on genetic research to identify the genetic variations in the Welsh red squirrel populations, habitat management, and grey squirrel control.
The osprey is an important bird in wales, featuring on the Swansea Coat of Arms and in medieval Welsh tales. Historically, these birds have faced a number of threats, largely from humans who killed them for money, to steal their eggs or destroyed their natural habitat. Welsh conservation efforts from organisations such as the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust have seen the number of breeding pairs in Wales increase to four and there are hopes that their numbers will continue to grow.
Cardigan Bay, the largest bay in Wales, is home to a rich array of marine wildlife. Here, you can find bottlenose dolphins, porpoise, Atlantic grey seals, basking sharks and even the leatherback turtle! Conservation projects are aiming to raise awareness about this unique marine environment by conducting research and holding regular educational days at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.
For travelers searching for the perfect base while exploring the Welsh countryside, there are a lot of eco-friendly accommodation options for them to choose from. Eco tourism is becoming more and more popular as tourists look for sustainable holiday alternatives that are closer to home. There are a number of eco-lodges in the area that are powered by renewable energy and focused on allowing visitors to explore the incredible natural scenery.
Experience the blend of sustainability and high-tech at this eco-friendly guest house: Bryn Elltyd Guesthouse
For people looking to experience something a bit more unique, perhaps a tipi or yurt is more likely to take your fancy! At this eco retreat you can fall asleep gazing up at the starry sky while listening to the sound of running water from a nearby stream. Maybe if you are really lucky (and wish upon a star), you might even spot an osprey flying past!
Rekindle your romance in this luxurious tipi! Eco Retreats Yurts & Tipis
If you are looking for an incredible wildlife adventure away from the tourist crowds, then Wales should definitely be on your bucket list. Still not sure? Stay tuned for an inspirational video from the Eco Companion Roadtrip!
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