BIODIVERSITY

Environment (Wales) Act 2016 Part 1 – Section 6

The Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystems Duty

Report 2019

FELINFACH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Felinfach Ward  is relatively small consisting of three communities Llandefalle, Llanfilo & Talachddu. We provide very few services to our local community but those that we do have an impact  on biodiversity.

  • We are responsible for a number of green spaces two Churchyards and one Children’s Play Park.
  • Funding – The Community Council provide grants to the local Community Halls and Chapel, which will be encouraged to implement biodiversity into the management of these sites.
  • Volunteers litter pick in conjunction with keep Wales Tidy organisation, Recycling all collected.
  • Planting of insect friendly flowers.

We as a community encourage sustainable practices.

We serve approximately 550 residents. The Precept for 2019/2020 is £9,000

Action Report

Embed biodiversity into decision making and land management

  • Changes will be made into the management of the areas that we are responsible for which will increase ecosystems and reduce climate change

Raise awareness of biodiversity and its importance

  • Encourage the Community to get involved with creating biodiversity habitats within their own gardens and join the committee to help improve the green spaces within the ward.
  • Reached out to residents by means of adverts on our website and notice boards.

Safeguard principal species & Habitats

  • Ensure no negative impacts on species from pesticides and sprays
  • Management of centuries old Yew Trees

Restore and create habitats and resilient ecological networks

  • Plant planters and wild areas with local wild native flowers encouraging repopulation of existing flowers.
  • Replanting of native trees where existing ones have been felled
  • Creating wildlife areas in Churchyard to provide nesting and hibernating .
  • Change to the way the mowing of grassed areas is carried out, less frequent cuts and areas left without being mowed.
  • Plans are in place to make Bird Boxes which will be made out of off cuts of wood and Bee Hotels made out of recycled bottles & bamboo sticks  which will to be positioned through the Three wards.

Tackle negative factors:

  • Sustainable procurement policy put in place, which includes recycling of Ink cartridges, purchasing recycled Photocopy paper.
  • Car share to meeting reducing our carbon footprint.

Support capacity and other organisations

  • Teaming up with Caring for God’s Acre which offers support to develop a management plan to protect habitats.
  • Organisations receiving grant from us to demonstrate how they will incorporate biodiversity into their sites

Review of S6 duty

This is  a new project for our Community, the for mentioned projects will be put into place through the next year.

The s6 Duty will be assessed in 12 months, which will be reported.

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Planter kindly planted by Howard Noble & Lynn Harley, so pretty

Flower Planters kindly supplied by Neil & Maureen Griffiths, This Planter was planted up by Neil & Denise Mcpherson.

Wild area in The Felinfach Griffin

As the world comes together to battle a public health crisis, another global crisis is today being brought to the forefront as Earth Day marks its 50th anniversary. This year’s theme is climate action – an issue which is at the top of our agenda.  And with the coronavirus pandemic fundamentally changing the way we live our lives, Earth Day 2020 marks a critical opportunity to take stock and consider what changes we want to embed in our lives for the future Clare Pillman, our Chief Executive said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has seen all tiers of government right across the world come together to collaborate in a way we’ve never seen before. We are living in unprecedented times and, right now, our collective focus is protecting the NHS and helping to save lives. “But Earth Day 2020 serves as a stark reminder that looming behind the Covid-19 emergency is the very real climate crisis that we’re all facing. Our environment and wildlife continue to be threatened by its effects, and despite the current challenges, we at NRW are still working hard to conserve it for future generations. “The decisions we make now on how we want to live our lives once we emerge from this period could yet have a significant influence on the climate emergency situation.” You can read more from Clare and information about our work here and follow our social channels – Facebook and Twitter – where we will be affirming these commitments and celebrating successes throughout Earth Day. 

Earth Day 2020 – Climate change efforts more important than ever

UPDATE

Its Saturday 18th April 2020, its not a very nice day today wet and feeling more like winter than spring, even though we can not complain as its been a brilliant lambing season.

With the Coronavirus taking centre stage it has somewhat harboured our plan to continue with the amazing work that has already been carried out to help Biodiversity and Ecosystems within the ward. We have managed in a short period of time to create many new habitats for Birds and insects with erecting Bird boxes and Bug hotels.

Its quite amazing just going out for our daily walk how the countryside has changed since this pandemic started, by now we would have had Powys C.C cutting the grass in Felinfach and along the roadside but instead we have a lovely show of wild flowers in the Village and along the hedgerows which the Bees are very grateful for and the reduction of traffic on the road makes the beautiful songs created by our feathered friends even more enjoyable.

I know we have some time to go before we will able to get back to some normality in our lives but we can all do our bit to help the wildlife in our area, by planting flower seeds, putting water out for Bees and Butterflies in warm weather, helping hedgehogs with a little extra food if your luckily enough to have them in your garden.

Everyone please stay safe, and practice social distancing and hopefully we will be able to enjoy this beautiful place we call home for years to come.

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Thanks a million to Mr Ian Rowlands, as this wouldn’t have been done without him.

One of Many insect wood piles made in the wild area in Llandefalle Church, recycled from the Yew Trees.
The Yew tree branches give amazing shelter over the wood piles for wildlife
One of our Bug Hotels
Robin’s nest being put in place
One of 33 next boxes that were purchased by the Community Council and donated by Councillors & Clerk
All Bird boxes & Bug Hotels ready to be put up tomorrow, busy day ahead!!!

For More information on controlling this no native species please contact me or Julie Bell at the Felinfach Griffin.julie@eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk;

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FELINFACH COMMUNITY COUNCIL ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Community Council has a duty to maintain and enhance biodiversity and ecosystems within the ward, we as a Council are taking actions with a range of projects that are within our control.

  • Managing  green spaces which includes the park in Felinfach, Llandefalle & Llanfilo Churchyards.
  • Making Bird Boxes & Bee/Insect hotels, which will be placed around the ward.
  • Wildflower planting
  • And promoting sustainability and biodiversity by using sustainable practices whenever possible.

Now we would like you all to join us in helping to create an ecosystem that enhances the way we live by taking actions to create an environment that contributes to the health & well being of its residents and  wildlife.

There is much that can be achieved without having to cost money, in fact some might actually save you money, here are a few ideas that can be introduced without much effort but will make the world of difference.

  • Plant your hanging baskets & containers with insect & Bee friendly plant
  • Plant pollinator-friendly species of shrubs and perennial plants
  • Use PEAT FREE compost.
  • Reduce or eliminate pesticides that are harmful to pollinators.
  • Leave some wild areas in your garden.

We are all responsible for the health of our Community, so get involved with this ongoing project to make Felinfach ward a better place to live and a haven for wildlife.         

Please contact: Delyth at @ felinfachcommunitycouncil18@outlook.com 

or  ring 07971 160396

TREE PLANTING IN LLANFILO, LLANDEFALLE & FELINFACH

Crab Apple Tree planting in Llanfilo Churchyard to replace Sycamore trees that were removed, also two Field Maple’s were planted by the seat that is situated on the Allt.
Cllr Carrotte planting trees on Llandefalle Common
Julia showing Ron how to do it properly!!

Big thank you to these two and Sue for helping to plant all the trees.

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Environment (Wales) Act 2016 Part 1 – Section 6

The Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystems Duty

Report 2019

FELINFACH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Felinfach Ward  is relatively small consisting of three communities Llandefalle, Llanfilo & Talachddu. We provide very few services to our local community but those that we do have an impact  on biodiversity.

  • We are responsible for a number of green spaces  two Churchyards and one Children’s Play Park.
  • Funding – The Community Council provide grants to the local Community Halls and Chapel, which will  be encouraged to implement biodiversity into the management of these sites.
  • Volunteers litter pick in conjunction with keep Wales Tidy organisation, Recycling all collected.
  • Planting of insect friendly flowers.

We as a community encourage sustainable practices.

We serve approximately 550 residents. The Precept for 2019/2020 is £9,000

Action Report

Embed biodiversity into decision making and land management

  • Changes will be made into the management of the areas that we are responsible for which will increase ecosystems and reduce climate change

Raise awareness of biodiversity and its importance

  • Encourage the Community to get involved with creating biodiversity habitats within their own gardens and join the committee to help improve the green spaces within the ward.
  • Reached out to residents by means of adverts on our website and notice boards.

Safeguard principal species & Habitats

  • Ensure no negative impacts on species from pesticides and sprays
  • Management of centuries old Yew Trees

Restore and create habitats and resilient ecological networks

  • Plant planters and wild areas with local wild native flowers encouraging repopulation of existing flowers.
  • Replanting of native trees where existing ones have been felled
  • Creating wildlife areas in Churchyard to provide nesting and hibernating .
  • Change to the way the mowing of grassed areas is carried out, less frequent cuts and areas left without being mowed.
  • Plans are in place to make Bird Boxes which will be made out of off cuts of wood and Bee Hotels  made out of recycled bottles & bamboo sticks  which will to be positioned through the Three wards.

Tackle negative factors:

  • Sustainable procurement policy put in place, which includes recycling of Ink cartridges, purchasing recycled Photocopy paper.
  • Car share to meeting reducing our carbon footprint.

Support capacity and other organisations

  • Teaming up with Caring for God’s Acre which offers support to develop a management plan to protect habitats.
  • Organisations receiving grant from us to demonstrate how they will incorporate biodiversity into their sites

Review of S6 duty

This is  a new project for our Community, the for mentioned projects will be put into place through the next year.

The s6 Duty will be assessed in 12 months, which will be reported.

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