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New Quay’s Wildlife Litter Warriors

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New Quay: Litter warriors hard at work

New Quay: Litter warriors hard at work

VOLUNTEERS at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in New Quay have been increasing their marine conservation efforts this month by helping to tackle the litter on New Quay’s beautiful beaches.

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is the marine wing of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) and is dedicated to conserving the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay through research, education and raising awareness.

So far in 2016 , dedicated Living Seas Volunteers based at the CBMWC have collected an amazing grand total of 18,372 pieces of litter off New Quay’s three beaches and the surrounding area. This has included 6,143 pieces of plastic and 4,967 cigarette butts. This year some of the biggest items found on New Quay have been a partially collapsed tent and an abandoned camping chair.

WTSWW’s Living Seas Science Officer, Sarah Perry , said: “Litter can be a real problem in the marine environment, not only for species inhabiting our seas but it can also be a danger to us. The majority of marine litter we collect is plastic of some description much of which can enter the food chain when mistaken for food by fish, seabirds or larger animals such as seals, dolphins or turtles who can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish .

“ As well as a large amount of plastic items , we have also collected discarded nappies, rusty knives, parts of bikes, tyres, dog poo bags , take away packages and the remains of barbecues off the local beaches. We also find broken glass, which could cause real damage to beach users . It seems there just aren’t enough rubbish bins around town to cope with the demand from visitors , particularly during the holidays or when the weather is fine .

“The litter left lying around spoils the look of the area and doesn’t help to encourage others to dispose of their litter in the correct manner either!”

WTSWW are asking people to help make a difference by reducing the use of single use plastic, recycling rubbish, taking their litter home, or joining volunteers for a beach clean. If you’re passionate about marine life and are interested in being involved in marine conservation then you can become a Living Seas Volunteer at the CBMWC.

WTSWW’s Living Seas Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Evans said : “We’d love to hear from any local people that are interested in volunteering with us. You don’t need a background in science to be involved.

“Volunteering with us is a great way to become involved in marine conservation, meet new people and experience Wales’ amazing marine life .”

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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