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Cure proposed for pigeon problem

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Adaptable: Llanelli's pigeons

Adaptable: Llanelli’s pigeons

LIKE many towns, Llanelli has suffered a blight of pigeons making a mess of its town centre.

One effort to tackle the problem – an imitation hawk – was placed inside the St Elli Centre. The device screeches every few seconds. Birds seem oblivious to its purpose as a deterrent, nonchalantly fly by, and have even been known to land on it.

The noise from the plastic raptor could be the most irritating sound in Llanelli and may actually drive people out of the centre rather than the birds

In the past Llanelli’s pigeon objectors have tried pigeon contraception in pigeon food and proposed sealing off the entrances to the shopping centre. However, anyone who has travelled on the London Underground knows that pigeons happily enter and exit automatic doors.

A statement by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Public Health Department reads, “The Public Health section receives a number of complaints each year concerning pigeons and issues relating to them. Regrettably, the Council has very limited powers with regard to these issues and for the most part cannot deal with the matters directly.

‘The council has no policy to control or to cull birds within the area, as such actions can only have a short-term impact. The installation of bird netting and or spikes can prevent pigeons from perching on a property. Such products are commercial available. However, installation of such equipment would need to be undertaken on a large percentage of properties in Llanelli town centre to improve the situation as evidence shows pigeons will relocate from one structure to a nearby structure once the proofing works are undertaken.’

A Llanelli based environmentalist and bird of prey handler thinks he has come up with a solution to Llanelli’s pesky pigeon problem. Darren Harries of Hawk Off says that one of the best ways of keeping the pigeon population at bay in the town is by placing hawk nesting boxes in the town, which would encourage the nesting of peregrine falcons.

Mr. Harries told the Herald, “If we have more birds of prey in the town centre area it will do a number of things. It will cut down on pest numbers and also become a talking point for the town attracting environmental tourists. We have a number of peregrine nest sites in the Llanelli area. Some of the peregrines do stay around the Llanelli area and other areas in the UK have put out nesting boxes for them. This had had a great response from the public and wildlife enthusiasts.

“That would be an eco-friendly solution and something that would help the town. There are other types of Hawks in the area like Sparrow hawks and Kestrels but the Peregrine is great for pest control.

“I am sure if boxes where placed on high vantage points around the town Peregrines would use the boxes. This would be a long process however once there are a few breeding birds in the area the pest problem would be reduced significantly.

“Once we have peregrines in town they will need to be monitored and rung. Some areas have live cams on nest boxes and this has benefited schools and nature lovers.”

Mr. Harries remains convinced that his green, eco environmentally friendly idea of using birds of prey is the best option and is willing to meet with town centre representatives as well as any related council departments.

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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…

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Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

3,000
The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

£166m
Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

138,000
The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children

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Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb

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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package

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A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.

People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.

However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.

That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.

“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.

“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.

“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”

The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.

The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.

Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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