Natur am Byth!

Natur am Byth! is Wales’ flagship conservation project.  A partnership of nine environmental charities with Natural Resources Wales which aims to protect endangered species; connecting, reconnecting and building connections with Welsh communities and their natural heritage. 

Currently in the Development Phase, public consultation, species & habitat surveys are the main focus.  This will provide the stepping stones required to evidence the need for the project and to secure funding for the next step, the Delivery Phase, which it is hoped will start in June 2023.

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Quick Facts:

  • Name of Project:  Natur am Byth!
  • Duration of Project (Development Phase): October 2021 – February 2023
    • Duration of Project (Delivery Phase): June 2023 – August 2027 
  • Location of Project: A number of areas across Wales including: Swansea Bay, Pen Llyn and Ynys Môn, Powys, Snowdonia & Pembrokeshire
  • Species benefiting from Project:  Scarce Yellow Sally (Isogenus nubecula), Shrill Carder Bee (Bombus sylvarum), Short-necked Oil Beetle (Meloe brevicollis)
  • Project funded by:  National Lottery Heritage Fund & Welsh Government

What will the project do?

Natur am Byth! (Nature Forever!) is a Wales-wide, species recovery, partnership project which will see Buglife working alongside Plantlife, Amphibian & Reptile Trust, Bat Conservation Trust, Marine Conservation Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, RSPB, Vincent Wildlife Trust and Natural Resources Wales for the benefit of species and habitats across Wales.

Natur am Byth! will focus on sixty-two of Wales’ most threatened species (plant & animal), but will provide benefits for many more.

Within Natur am Byth! there are eleven sub-projects; five focussed on specific areas or communities and seven on specific species.

Buglife will be leading on two projects.

  • Swansea Bay – Coasts, Commons & Communities” will include work for invertebrate species such as the Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius), the Strandline Beetle (Eurynebria complanatawas), Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail (Vertigo angustior), Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale) and Six-spotted Cranefly (Idiocera sexguttata) as well as plants and the Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)
  • A single species project to protect the Scarce Yellow Sally (Isogenus nubecula).

In addition to this the Buglife team will provide expertise and support to project partners in the Shrill Carder Bee (Bombus sylvarum) and Short-necked Oil Beetle species projects and the “Best of the North West” and “Welsh Marches” community projects.


During the Development Phase Buglife will be engaging with the Swansea Bay communities offering, and seeking, advice, information and support which will help mould the Delivery Phase (scheduled to start in 2023).


 

Fen raft spider

How can you get involved?

Your voice matters!  If you’ve faced barriers accessing events, learning or even nature itself we want to hear from you.

There will be lots of opportunities to join one of our summer activities; whether that’s for wellbeing, walking or to assist with surveying.

We will also be running Strandline Beetle surveying workshops (May/June); each walk along the beach will help us understand where this declining species is (and isn’t)

If you are an interested group and would like to be written in to our work in the Swansea Bay area please get in touch – how could we support you during the 4 years that this project will run?

For more information on how to get involved in our “Natur am Byth!” projects please contact David Kilner (Conservation Officer – Wales) at [email protected]

Scarce Yellow Sally Stonefly (Isogenus nubecula) © Mike Hammett

An Introduction to the Strandline Beetle

“Natur am Byth!” is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Welsh Government