Hibernating is for hedgehogs!

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Now that the clocks have changed and the nights are drawing in, lots of our wildlife has switched into energy saving mode. Hibernation is a way for many creatures, including hedgehogs, to survive the cold, dark winters without having to forage for food or migrate to warmer climes. However, with our central heating & shops open 24 hours a day, we humans have no excuse for deep sleeping this winter!

One way of staying active this November is to help us look after our nature reserves. We manage 36 reserves, which together make up some of the most beautiful & important wildlife sites in North Wales. The presence of rare plants such as Spiked Speedwell at Rhiwledyn or Deptford Pink at Coed y Felin, are only made possible because of the hard work put in by our staff & volunteers who actively manage these sites throughout the year.

If you like working outdoors, or would like to give it a go, you could join us on one of our conservation work parties. These take place on our nature reserves every week. You don’t need any special experience as staff are always on hand to provide training and support. You can come along for the whole day or just a couple of hours – whatever time you have to spare – all help is greatly appreciated.

We have a varied programme of events throughout November, including everything from coppicing to creating better habitat for butterflies, otters & reptiles. Every Wednesday you can volunteer at our nature reserves on Anglesey; Gwaith Powdwr (near Penrhyndeudraeth) and Marford or Minera quarries near Wrexham. Conservation work parties also take place every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some weekends on our other nature reserves across North Wales. Wherever you live, there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved

If you are thinking of volunteering but haven’t taken the plunge yet, please get in touch. For more information and to receive a copy of our autumn and winter work party programme, please contact katyhaines@wildlifetrustswales.org

There really is no reason to hibernate this Winter!