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 .”
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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