Saturday, 18 February 2017

Welsh Government Consultation On Forestry And Woodland Policy In Wales


The Welsh Government is running a consultation on Forestry And Woodland Policy In Wales. Details here; you have until 7 April 2017 to respond. Here are a few points we made.

Responding to climate change – coping with climate change and helping reduce our carbon footprint


Prevent all building on greenfield sites. Protect current green spaces, whether agricultural or not, from development and housing; new housing should only be on existing and brownfield sites.

Cease all new road-building. Discourage car use; create a nationalised, fast, cheap, reliable, regular and connected public transport system that is better than using cars.

Make sure very new development in Wales, of any kind, must include wildlife areas – trees, bushes, flowers and so on, planted in the earth (not sterile pots, which are just ornamental). They need to be connected up to provide wildlife corridors.

Implement a policy to create X amount of new woodland in Wales every year.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Save The Gwent Levels From The M4 Bypass


Contact your Assembly Member about this!
More information here.

Help to save Magor Marsh Nature Reserve and the Gwent Levels from the proposed M4 bypass, for the sake of the environment and for the wildlife. The proposed 'black route' M4 relief road around Newport, Gwent in South Wales will damage 2 nature reserves, 5 of Wales’ most precious nature sites (SSSIs), the Wales Coastal Path and the Celtic Trail, part of National Cycle Route 4. Pollution from construction and traffic will enter the ancient reen (ditch) systems that are home to, among other wildlife, rare birds, water beetles, aquatic plants, otters and water vole. And it will cut a dangerous divide across the Gwent Levels, right through their habitats. The new elevated bridge over the River Usk will be noisy and disruptive for people in South and Central Newport and experts believe the new road will not solve any traffic problems. It will cost the public over £1 billion, probably more than £2bn. But with the support of AMs it can be stopped.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wales Consultation On TB Eradication (Including Badgers)


Wales consultation on TB eradication (including badgers)

Urgent - responses due back by 10th Jan

The Welsh Government is consulting on bovine TB. Seems that they are proposing a regional approach, and although it's hard to tell from the document, possibly badger killing. Ceredigion is affected - as are all areas - by the consultation. Please read and respond to the Government.

There's lots of useful info on our site, tagged under "badgers".

Some of our thoughts on what they should do:

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Popular CIN Posts Of 2016


What were the most popular CIN posts of the last 12 months? These! If you have missed anything then now is your chance to catch up. CIN has been nominated for environmental awards in the past thanks to the work we do. Best wishes to you all in 2017. (You can see 2015's best posts here).

February 2016
Scallop Dredging In Cardigan Bay (results from November - sadly, dredging to go ahead)

March 2016
Democracy In Ceredigion

April 2016
Ceredigion County Council Wasting Money And Pulling Out Hedges

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Wildlife Trust Reserves



The Wildlife Trust has some great reserves all over the country, often supported by volunteers. Here is a list of the many reserves in Ceredigion - well worth visiting! Find out more about the Welsh Wildlife Trust here, and the parent organisation here.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Rainforest Action Network


The Rainforest Action Network is fighting on a number of fronts to defend wildlife, the environment, and human rights, even when it brings them into conflict with some of the biggest corporations in the world. Here are a few of their current campaigns:

Conflict Palm Oil
Conflict Palm Oil is found in roughly 50% of packaged foods sold in your local grocery store and stores across the globe. But most people don’t know about the devastation caused by its production. Across the globe, the production of Conflict Palm Oil drives deforestation, child labour, human trafficking, and is pushing species like the orangutan to the brink of extinction.
We need to demand that the world’s biggest snack food manufacturers — like PepsiCo — eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. You can help.

(Some of CIN's coverage: Say no to palm oil; Primary Rainforest Cleared For Massive Palm Oil Plantations In Peru)