NPT Nature Partnership
The NPT Nature Partnership is made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations plus individuals with an interest in local wildlife and land management, and is open for anyone to join. The Council Countryside and Wildlife Team provide the secretariat and there is an independent chair. Members of the partnership take action for nature around the county, such as:
- Afan Environment Volunteers run volunteer work parties to manage meadows in the Afan Valley.
- The council manages three country parks, five local nature reserves and many more sites for nature.
- Bryncoch Environment Group have been running toad patrols in spring for 15 years, rescuing over 800 toads in 2019.
- Buglife and Woodland Trust work together to conserve the Blue Ground Beetle in Skewen.
- A large-scale peatland restoration project, Lost Peatlands, is taking place in our uplands.
And much more!
The NPT Nature Partnership are currently reviewing the state of nature in NPT. This review will influence the new NPT Nature Recovery Action Plan, due to be published in 2021.
The NPT Nature Recovery Action Plan will pledge to protect and enhance, through partnership work and the planning process, any species or habitat found in NPT that has:
- European or UK legal protection,
- Is listed on the Welsh Government list of habitats and species of principal importance in Wales (known as the Section 7 lists)
- Or is of particular local importance and specifically chosen by the NPT Nature Partnership.
For more information on the species found in NPT please contact the South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre.
The post of Local Nature Partnership Coordinator is funded by the LNP Cymru project, a 3 year project funded by Welsh Government and coordinated by the WCVA. Find out more at lnp.cymru