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Showcasing some of the work of the countryside and heritage team in Denbighshire and the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB

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Enjoy summer adventures our in stunning countryside

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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Clwydian Range becoming an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - look out for events, challenges and stuff in the press.

Loggerheads and Moel Famau Country Parks celebrate another year of excellence
Thank you to our wonderful visitors for your reviews. Also thanks to all staff and volunteers who work hard to keep the parks beautiful, safe and hospitable to visitors and our resident flora and fauna.

 
 

Big Dee Day - The Invasion

This is the third year of direct combat against highly invasive non-native plants that are threatening the well being of the ecology to the River Dee.

Volunteers, community groups, landowners, school groups and anglers have been assisting staff from the AONB, Snowdonia National Park, Wrexham, Flintshire and North Wales Wildlife Trust to make a real difference.

And the difference is noticeable.

So much so, that we won't be including a key site in Corwen as it is practically free of balsam! It just goes to show that a coordinated campaign can make a difference.

There is though many miles of river-bank that has escaped such a campaign. last year, with the kind assistance of Llangollen Outdoors, the AONB were able to map from Llandderfel to Llangollen. The two day raft survey yielded just how much more work is required.

Why not come along and join us for more bashing this year? For more information, ring 01978 869618, or like this page on Facebook

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A Staring Role for Nantclwyd’s Lesser Horseshoe Bats
 
Nantclwyd y Dre, an historic timber town house in Ruthin, houses a breeding colony of lesser horseshoe bats. The bats are females, which return to the attics each spring and summer to give birth and raise their young. Lesser horseshoes are one of the rarer species of bat in Britain, so we are incredibly lucky to have a sizable maternity roost.
 
This year, the bats are becoming film-stars as they are captured round-the-clock by infra-red cameras. Grant funding from Chester Zoo has enabled a new camera system, monitor and recording equipment to be installed, so that members of the public and scientists alike can learn more about these fascinating creatures.
Live Footage
thanks to sponsorship from NW Systems Group.
 
Don’t forget that we’re hosting a number of bat-themed walks and events around the county this summer, including a chance to watch the lesser horseshoe bats emerge from their roost at dusk on 27 August. See our Out and About events programme

 

Coming soon….. 
The Horseshoe Falls Quest
A new fun, family App to help you discover the wildlife and history of the Horseshoe Falls, start of the World Heritage Site
 
Have you seen ‘Ratty’?

Water voles were once a common sight along UK rivers, hence a starring role for "Ratty" in The Wind in the Willows .  However, their numbers have declined by 90% nationally; mainly due to reduction in suitable habitat and predation by American mink.

As part of the North East Wales Coastal Water Vole Recovery Project we are asking for the public to join in the ‘vole hunt’ by reporting any sightings they have of water voles in the North East Wales area.
To report your water vole sighting please visit the Cofnod site and click on the ‘Record a Water Vole’ icon.

 
Some up and coming summer holiday events to tempt you.....

Every Sunday Castle making, den building, garden games and arts and crafts at Nantclwyd y Dre Ruthin.

Sunday 19 July Knights and Princesses Slay a dragon or be rescued from a tower.  Nantclwyd y Dre, Ruthin

Wednesday 22 July Elf & Fairy Wands 11am – 3pm Loggerheads Country Park Â£4 per child 

Wednesday 22 July Excavations at Moel y Gaer Bodfari 2 - 5pm Bodfari bus stop SJ09687013

Thursday 23 July River Dipping 10.30am – 12.30pm Main car park, Corwen

Saturday 1 August Family Fun Day 10.30am – 4pm Coed Moel Famau SJ 172 612

Tuesday 4 August Nightlife at Llangwyfan 8.30pm – 10.30pm Top car park,  Nannerch - Llandyrnog Rd, SJ 139 668

Wednesday 5 August Ruabon Mountain Walk 10am – 12pm Prospects Tea Room LL20 7YL

For details, more events and how to book, visit our website 
For the welsh version of this newsletter please visit our website. 
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