Due to the ongoing coronavirus covid-19 restrictions, the following Rhayader By Nature events have been cancelled: the morning bird song event on Saturday, 25th April and the trip to Newport Wetlands on Saturday, 9th May. Please continue to check our website over any changes to events planned later in the summer.
Due to the rapidly developing situation regarding coronavirus Covid-19, the talk planned for this Thursday evening (19th March) by Phil Ward will be postponed to next winter’s programme of talks and we are sorry for any disappointment caused. For further information about Rhayader by Nature events, please continue to visit our website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Rhayader by Nature are delighted to present a talk by local entomologist Phil “The Bugman” Ward at 7.30pm on Thursday, 19th March about the wonderful and amazing world of beetles, bugs and other invertebrates. This will be the last of this winter’s talks held by Rhayader By Nature and promises to be highly entertaining and informative; all ages will enjoy Phil’s enthusiasm for the easily overlooked mini-beasts in our countryside and gardens! The talk will take place at the Cwmdauddwr Community Centre (the Old School), Cwmdauddwr, Rhayader. Tickets are £2/adult, children are free.
Rhayader by Nature thoroughly enjoyed an industrious talk on Thursday, 13th February. It was as good as any talk so far in this year’s winter programme, although not one solely on nature conservation. Field Officer for the People’s Collection Wales, Gruffydd Jones explained the digital archiving involved with the project for communities throughout Wales, showing the audience by way of example archived pictures from the past of life here in Rhayader. Alan Samuel was responsible for a number of contributions, someone who the whole hall knew summed up by the unified “yes” when Gruffydd asked who he was! The most encouraging part however were the inquiries made by members after the talk, with one lady showing Gruffydd pictures from former days. Clearly, the talk meant a lot personally to many members of the audience.
Local natural history group Rhayader by Nature are delighted to present a talk by Gruffydd Jones, Field Officer with the People’s Collection Wales at 7.30pm on Thursday, 13th February regarding the organisation’s vital work to digitally preserve the stories and memories of communities throughout Wales. This will be a great opportunity for those interested in Rhayader’s local history to find out more about an exciting and innovative project to preserve and celebrate stories about our area, its people and environment for later generations. The talk will be of interest to anyone with an interest in our community’s history, countryside and wildlife and will take place at the Cwmdauddwr Community Centre (the Old School), Cwmdauddwr, Rhayader. Tickets are £2/adult, children are free.
The first Rhayader by Nature event of 2020 took place on Thursday, 16th January with a bang, or rather a lek! The talk was given by the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s Black Grouse Recovery Project Officer, Silvia Cojocaru. Unsurprisingly the focus was on Black Grouse, which were once widespread in our catchment area as well as in every British county. Even a gentleman in the audience reminisced about the time when a forestry nursery at Staylittle closed due to the Black Grouse’s pestilent eating!
Silvia’s enthusiasm for this long–term project was welcoming to see, with a clear idea into how we should bring this long-lost bird back in the most effective way possible. She did however explain the large amount of work needed just to make the habitat suitable before any birds are released. Nevertheless, it was a great evening with a big turnout, with over 50 people attending.