Resources and Organisations
With the support of volunteers and members, they manage 18 nature reserves in Radnorshire. They also work with other landowners and organisations to protect and connect wildlife sites across the county and inspire local communities and young people where they live.
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust protects wildlife and wild places, educating, influencing and empowering people. They directly manage 18 sites in Montgomeryshire and work with other landowners on many more. Their work is helping to secure the future of many important habitats and species.
The beautiful Elan Valley is a haven for wildlife, one of the most important sites in Wales, and is worth visiting at any time of year.
An open-to-all local voluntary organisation that explores the natural heritage of Rhayader town and district – from the evidence left by early man to the development of farming and other land uses that have moulded the scenery, to the wild plants and animals that live, or once lived, alongside us and the underlying rocks that provide us with the landscape we see today. They have published an excellent book ‘Rhayader by Nature’.
A 136-mile walk of startling contrasts, from ravine gorge cloaked in woodland, through meadow and orchard, to rugged and remote uplands. Follow the Wye through the battle-scarred Anglo-Welsh borders to where it pours in rocky cascades from its mountain source.
MMG’s website is a useful resource for identifying moth species found within Montgomeryshire, and it reports on the activities & events of the group.
Mid Wales Geology Club is affiliated to the Geologists’ Association. Members range from complete novices to experts, and meet regularly at Plas Dolerw on Milford Road, Newtown.
Llandrindod Wells Fossil Group
They don’t have a website, but for further reading about fossils and geology in mid-Wales, visit this very informative website belonging to the people who run the Fossil Group. Old As the Hills
Wild flowers, plants and fungi are the life support for all Wales’ wildlife, and their colour and character light up our valleys, mountains and coastline. But without our help, this priceless natural heritage is in danger of being lost. Plantlife raises their profile, celebrates their beauty, and helps to protect their future.
Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. They are actively working to save Britain’s rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish.
Over three-quarters of our butterfly species have declined in occurrence and/or abundance since 1976, and two-thirds of our common and widespread moths declined in abundance between 1968 and 2007. Butterfly Conservation aims to halt and reverse the declines of the most threatened butterflies and moths in the UK.
BSBI supports all botanists – beginner or expert, amateur or professional – as they identify, record and map what grows where. BSBI’s data and knowledge underpin evidence-based conservation of the British and Irish flora.
Their aims are to promote the study and conservation of lichen, and to raise public awareness of the beauty of lichens and of their importance as indicators of the health of our environment. They work towards these aims through field meetings, workshops and recording projects.
Vincent Wildlife Trust has been at the forefront of wildlife conservation for 40 years. Their work is focused on British and Irish mammals and currently centres on the bats and members of the weasel family (the mustelids).
British Wildlife is a UK natural history magazine, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. There is no other publication that offers such high-quality, authoritative, well-researched and accessible articles on such a wide range of subjects. Published 8 times per year, each issue has 84 information-packed pages.
The Woodland Trust restores woodlands, plants new woods, campaigns against the needless destruction of trees and leads the fight against tree pests and diseases. They currently look after over 1000 woods in the UK, and keeps them open for the public to enjoy.
The RSPB works throughout Wales to protect and manage a wide range of habitats and the birds that live in them.
The National Biodiversity Network website makes biodiversity information available online via the NBN Atlas, which shows distribution of species-level records. Website is often quite slow, so patience required.
The goal of iRecord is to make it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels. If you join iRecord you can share your sightings with the recording community, explore dynamic maps and graphs of your data and make a real contribution to science and conservation.
Llanidloes is one of our local towns, just off the A470, a popular route for tourists. It’s well worth visiting, and this site will help you find your way around, and provides a guide for things to do local to the town.
A Welsh Government sponsored organisation. Offers advice about, and regulates, issues relating to the environment and natural resources, designates SSSIs, manages National Nature Reserves (NNR), and many other functions
The website from the team at BBC Wildlife Magazine. Covers a wide range of wildlife topics, suitable for all ages and levels of interest.
Lôn Cambria is a 113-mile cycle route, partly on the National Cycle Network, which starts in Aberystwyth and ends in Shrewsbury (or vice-versa), and passes, via Dernol, along the old coach road from Llangurig to Rhayader.
The online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales
The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust is an educational charity, whose objective is ‘to advance the education of the public in archaeology’.