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Environmental events - May

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Sunday 1st to Tuesday 31st May - Clyne in Bloom

Various times on each Sunday in May.

An annual celebration of the award-winning rhododendrons and azaleas of Clyne Gardens when they are in full bloom and at their most magnificent with a programme of guided walks, workshops, family activities and live musical performances. Clyne Gardens is open to the public from dawn till dusk. Entry to gardens and all Clyne in Bloom activities are free but advance booking is required for some activities. For details visit www.facebook.com/friendsofclyne.

Contact: Friends of Clyne Gardens, friends@clynegardens.co.uk

 

Sun 1 May -International Dawn Chorus Day

4.30am-6.00am, at the Babell graveyard entrance by 119 Middle Road, Cwmbwrla, Swansea SA5 8HQ

Join us and listen to one of nature's most breath-taking phenomena, the dawn chorus when of birds sing at the crack of dawn to defend their territories and attract a mate for the breeding season.

Contact: Jo Mullett, knotweedcontrol@gmail.com

 

Sun 1st May -Dawn Chorus Walk at WWT

6.00am-8.00am, WWT Llanelli Centre, Llwynhendy, Llanelli SA14 9SH

Friendly expert guidance to help you take in the huge variety of birdsong that provides the immersive wetland soundscape at this time of year. To celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day, join us for a very special 'early bird' event to help you learn to identify the superstar soloists of a wetland morning in May. Tickets cost £8 per person. Booking in advance is essential, as numbers are limited. To book, please call and we'll take payment over the phone. Please note that admission is not included in this special event ticket price, and the centre will not open until 9.30am, as normal.

Contact: WWT Llanelli Centre, 01554 741087

 

Sun 1st May - Rosehill Quarry Volunteer Session

11.00am-1.00pm, Rosehill Quarry, Mount Pleasant, Swansea

DETAILS: Regular work session: litter pick, maintenance and other general tasks. Come and explore a hidden gem close to Swansea city centre. Tea and coffee provided if weather suitable.

CONTACT: Rosemary on 07966 581243 or Viv on 07917 569263

 

Mon 2nd May - May Day Fete with Gower Society Youth

10.00am-12 noon, Reynoldston Lower Green, Gower SA3 1AB

Join Gower Society Youth to take part in maypole dancing, Morris dancing, games and races and crowning of the May queen. Bring a picnic and your family. Book on Eventbrite.

Contact: Dawn Thomas, Gower Society Youth, 01792 392919 dawn.thomas@reynoldston.com

 

Tue 3rd May (and every Tuesday/Thursday) - Swansea Community Farm Volunteer Session

10.00am-4.00pm, Swansea Community Farm, 2 Pontardulais Rd, Fforestfach, Swansea SA5 4BA

opportunities to learn new things, connect with people, get active, take notice and give back to your community at Wales' only city farm - these are all things science says will make you feel better! Whether it's feeding and mucking out the animals, organic gardening, taking part in nature and conservation tasks, building and construction or site maintenance, we have something for everyone looking for to get outdoors and learn new skills.

Contact: Katharine, Swansea Community Farm, 07784 810139

 

Wed 4th May - Crymlyn Burrows Beach Clean

1pm, Swansea University Bay Campus

We meet at the boardwalk behind the Great Hall at 1pm, but if you can't make it then, bags, gloves and pickers will be left at the boardwalk so you can join us any time until 3pm - give as much or little time as you can spare - it all helps.

Contact: Ben Sampson, wildlife@swansea.ac.uk

 

Wed 4th May (and every Wednesday morning) - BikeAbility Wales Companion Ride

10.00am-12noon, Dunvant Rugby Club, Killay, Swansea SA2 7RU

Want to ride in a group for fun and friendship? Join us for our supported companion rides run every Wednesday from our Dunvant site. An easy adult supported ride with all abilities welcome. £3 per person.

Contact: BikeAbility Wales, 07584 044284 or info@bikeabilitywales.org.uk

 

Sat May 7th - Crymlyn Burrows Bioblitz

All day event, Swansea University Bay Campus

Crymlyn Burrows is one of the last remaining pockets of wilderness around Swansea Bay, join us in trying to discover as much wildlife as we can in 24 hours. There will be a range of wildlife walks, bug hunts, strandline safaris etc throughout the day. Explore the site and let us know what you have seen - there will be experts and guides on hand to help. All welcome, free! For more information visit our Eventbrite page.

Contact: Ben Sampson, wildlife@swansea.ac.uk

 

Sat 7th May -Babell Graveyard Volunteer Morning

10.00am-12noon, at the graveyard entrance by 119 Middle Road, Cwmbwrla, Swansea SA5 8HQ

Help create a space for nature and people in the heart of Cwmbwrla at this much-neglected graveyard. Get some fresh air and great exercise, meet new people, find out more about the local history and the nature on your doorstep. Tasks include cutting and digging up brambles, litter picking and developing a garden area. Tools and gloves are provided but wear old clothes and sensible shoes and perhaps bring a drink and a biscuit for a break.

Contact: Jo Mullett, knotweedcontrol@gmail.com

 

Sat 7th May -Cwm Dulais Walk with Swansea Ramblers

11.00am, Brynbach Common, on mountain road between Felindre and Pontarddulais (at a 6-way junction)

A beautiful 5-mile moderate circular walk around the hills of the upper reaches of the magnificent Dulais Valley near Pontarddulais. Registered Assistance Dogs only. Social distancing and NHS Track and Trace in force so please send your name and contact details to the walk leader.

Contact: Mike Clarke, Swansea Ramblers, 07837 411220

 

Sun 8th May -Marina Market

10.00am-3.00pm, Dylan Thomas Square, Marina, Swansea

DETAILS: Monthly local produce market that is contributing to a more sustainable Swansea by supporting local producers and lowering food miles. For further information and updates go to www.uplandsmarket.com

CONTACT: info@uplandsmarket.com

 

Sat 14th May - Bioblitz on Cadle Heath

10.00am-3.00pm, Cadle Heath Local Nature Reserve, Portmead, Swansea SA5 4BA

Come and join our free bioblitz event, exploring the beauties of Cadle Heath. Wildflower expert Barry Stewart will be leading guided walks and surveys (10am and 1pm), and recorders from SEWBReC will be on hand to help identify and record species. Access to event across Cadle Heath or via Swansea Community Farm.

Contact: Katharine Aylett, Swansea Community Farm, 07784 810139

 

Sat 14th May -Mumbles Market

9.00am-1.00pm, Dairy Car Park, Mumbles, SA3 4BX

Monthly local produce market that is contributing to a more sustainable Swansea by supporting local producers and lowering food miles. For further information and updates go to www.uplandsmarket.com

Contact: info@uplandsmarket.com

 

Sat 14th May - Dunvant & Cwmllwyd Nature Reserve Walk

11.00am, car park by cycle path, Dunvant SA2 7TB

Join Swansea Ramblers to explore the hidden countryside near Waunarlwydd and Dunvant on this 6-mile moderate walk. Initially, it will start by following a stetch of The Gower Way then go under the cycle path to find some lovely views on the way to Cwmllwyd Nature Reserve. There is a shallow stream to cross to enter the reserve so please wear boots. Dogs must remain on short leads.

Contact: Peter Jones, Swansea Ramblers, 07840-542048

 

Thu 19th May - Invasive Non-native Species Awareness Training

10.00am-3.00pm, Location to be confirmed closer to the date

Learn about the main issues of invasive non-native species (INNS) in the UK and globally, including ID, control methods, legislation, recording and campaigns. Some prior knowledge of ecology would be useful. Held during the 6th Invasive Species Week #INNSweek www.nonnativespecies.org/news/events.cfm. £100 per person. Booking essential.

Contact: Jo Mullett, knotweedcontrol@gmail.com

 

Sun 22nd May - Morning Birdwatching Walk at Oxwich Bay Nature Reserve

9.30am-1.00pm, entrance to Oxwich Bay car park, Oxwich, Gower SA3 1LS

A birdwatching morning walk around the sand dunes and marshes at Oxwich Bay Nature Reserve. Beginners and non members welcome. Warm weatherproof clothing and boots may be necessary. Please leave dogs at home. Walks are undertaken at your own risk. Car park fee is payable. Booking essential.

Contact: Russell Evans, RSPB Swansea & District Local Group, 07801 969618 or rspbswandistgrp@gmail.com

 

Sat 28th May -Uplands Market

9.00am-1.00pm, Gwydr Square, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0HD

Monthly local produce market that is contributing to a more sustainable Swansea by supporting local producers and lowering food miles. For further information and updates go to www.uplandsmarket.com

Contact: info@uplandsmarket.com

 

Tue 31st May - Tots on Tyres with BikeAbility Wales

11.30am-12.30pm, BikeAbility Wales, Dunvant Rugby Club, Killay, Swansea SA2 7RU

Tots and toddlers come and play with us. We have scooters, trikes, balance bikes and many more. Join us for fun and games, start them young and have some fun. £6 per child

Contact: BikeAbility Wales, 07584 044284 or info@bikeabilitywales.org.uk

 

Tue 31st May - Cycle Skills with BikeAbility Wales

2.00pm-3.00pm, BikeAbility Wales, Dunvant Rugby Club, Killay, Swansea SA2 7RU

Cycling games, basic cycle maintenance and cycle skills training in preparation for National Standards Level1. £10 per child.

Contact: BikeAbility Wales, 07584 044284 or info@bikeabilitywales.org.uk


 

This listing has been produced by Swansea Council's Nature Conservation Team with funding from the Welsh Government Local Nature Partnership grant. Please note that information on events run by other organisations is published in good faith and Swansea Council cannot be held responsible for inaccuracies.