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Stitch in Time
The Trust is working in partnership with Community groups, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to work on a large 3 year project combating invasive non-native species. Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) are a key driver of biodiversity loss globally and locally. The Stitch in Time project pilots top-down catchment control of three target INNS, Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan balsam and Rhododendron ponticum. The project currently focusses on the Cwm Gwaun catchment and Afon Clydach (a sub catchment of the Nevern) in North Pembrokeshire. Best practice control is coordinated on the ground using volunteers, contractors and staff time for strategic use of resources in line with the catchment rationale of top down progression. Engagement with landowners and awareness raising amongst key stake holders is a key driver of the project highlighting partnership working opportunities within or outside the pilot catchments and across organisations. Dwr Cymru is supporting this project.
Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools
A new Pembrokeshire Outdoor schools officer has been recruited to deliver activity over the next 12 months in Pembrokeshire. Through the project we will enhanced access to outdoor learning. Working with the Pembrokeshire Outdoor schools partnership and thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, pupils across Pembrokeshire are benefiting from greater access to outdoor learning. The benefits of being outdoors are widely accepted for improving health and wellbeing, however recent research by the National Trust highlighted that children are playing outside for less than half the time their parents did. The funding will allow us to work together to deliver rich learning experiences, create new curriculum linked resources and give teachers the tools and training they need to access the benefits of the outdoor classroom. The network provides a model for working in other areas of Wales and beyond.
Pollinators, Paths and People
This pilot project places biodiversity advancement at the heart of maintaining the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and improve wildlife interest for locals and visitors, whilst still ensuring its quality as a National Trail. Our Path, Plants and Pollinators project is identifying and carry out a range of small scale habitat management jobs that will improve connectivity between existing managed conservation areas and embed pollinator friendly activities into day to day coast path management. A joint project working in partnership with landowners, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales, the National Trust and Buglife. We are still looking for funding for this project to run.
Thanks to support from the British Mountaineering Council and the Mend our Mountains campaign we have been able to fix a section of the coastal path that was damaged during the 2018 storms.