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Important fencing work to start at Pembrey Burrows

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A MAJOR conservation project to revitalise sand dunes across Wales will kick start their summer work programme next week (w/c 22 June) by carrying out extensive fencing work at Pembrey Burrows.

Sands of LIFE, a project led by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), will restore over 2,400 hectares of sand dunes, across four Special Areas of Conservation, on 10 separate Welsh sites. The project will run until December 2022.

In total, Sands of LIFE have over 2km of chestnut fencing ready to be erected at Pembrey Burrows. This will help protect and control the cattle and ponies which perform the crucial task of grazing the dune grassland. This helps keep the sand dunes open, creating perfect conditions for specialist dune plants and other wildlife to thrive.

Over the last 80 years, open sand has disappeared from Wales’ dunes being replaced by dense grass and scrub. The dunes have become stable and fixed, and rare wildlife has disappeared. This change has been caused by factors such as the introduction of non-native plants, lack of traditional grazing, a declining rabbit population and air pollution.

The Sands of LIFE project will re-profile dunes to create movement in the sand; lower the surface of dried-out slacks to recreate wet habitat; promote sustainable grazing by livestock and rabbits; remove invasive species and scrub and mow dune grassland to encourage wild flowers.

Laura Bowen, Sands of LIFE Project and Monitoring Officer South, said:

“We are looking forward to completing the fencing at Pembrey Burrows which will allow the cattle to continue grazing on site. The work will also include replacing old stiles with new gates, providing easier and safer access for the public.

“The current COVID-19 pandemic is understandably a source of concern for us all. However, we remain hopeful in being able to push ahead with planned work over the coming months to provide our sand dunes with a much-needed boost. Whilst conducting work on our behalf, all contractors will be following the current social distancing guidelines.

“Once restrictions are lifted and these wonderful sand dunes are open to the public again, we also hope to host guided walks and take part in community events.”

Carmarthenshire County Council owns and looks after the Pembrey Burrows Local Nature Reserve.

Simeon Jones, Carmarthenshire Country Council Conservation Officer, said:

“We are very pleased to be part of this exciting project that will benefit these rare sand dune habitats.

The dunes at Pembrey Burrows LNR support many rare plants and invertebrates as well as being a great place to visit where people can enjoy wildlife and the natural world as well being able to spend time outdoors which is so good for our health and wellbeing.”

The project can be contacted at SoLIFE@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk 

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

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The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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