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iestyn thomas is raising money for Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Event dates: 15th February 2010 – 31st December 2010

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Since 1982, the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust has been the leading voluntary organisation promoting wildlife conservation in Montgomeryshire.

Our mission is to rebuild biodiversity and engage people with their environment by being an active and influential wildlife champion.

To achieve this, MWT works in the following areas:

Conservation Land Management:

The Trust currently manages and cares for 19 Nature Reserves within the county, totalling some 550ha in area. These reserves are a showcase of some of Montgomeryshire?s finest remnants of prime wildlife habitat. MWT is also committed to influencing wildlife conservation policy within the wider countryside. Examples of this include:

- Lobbying the Welsh Assembly Government to influence agricultural policy while also advising farmers and landowners about agri-environmental schemes such as Tir Gofal.

- Working with the Local Authority to formulate and implement Biodiversity Action Plans for species and habitats under threat in Montgomeryshire. MWT also undertakes specialist projects for the aid of individual species such as Pearl Bordered Fritillary Butterflies and Lesser Horseshoe Bats.

- Working with other partners to achieve habitat creation across the County, including ?large area? conservation projects and schemes such as the Severn Natural Assets Project which undertakes habitat creation in the Severn Valley area.

Standing Up For Wildlife:

Montgomeryshire?s magnificent and varied landscape still holds a wide range of habitats supporting some of our most common and threatened species. MWT aims to influence wildlife conservation policy at all levels, from advising individual landowners to lobbying the Welsh Assembly Government.

People and Wildlife:

Education is vital to promote the message of nature conservation and events are held throughout the year to encourage people to visit our nature reserves and experience the wealth of nature which is around them. Much of this work is undertaken by our Education Officer who liaises with local schools and community groups and organises events and activities for all ages.

Membership and Volunteers:

In common with all other Wildlife Trusts, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is an independent charity limited by guarantee. It is supported by approximately 1,500 members and currently employs 18 staff supported by approximately 50 active volunteers.

The Trust operates in close partnership with the other 47 UK Wildlife Trusts, under the guidance of the umbrella organisation - the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). In recent years we have formed a strong allegiance with our 5 fellow Welsh Wildlife Trusts, a partnership known as Wildlife Trusts Wales. This important cohesive move has given us greater national strength in our collective work for biodiversity across Wales.

For more information on the work of the Trust, please visit our website at www.montwt.co.uk


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