GWCT Wales organises a variety of events throughout the calendar year, both online and in person. These events are a networking opportunity for like-minded individuals to share knowledge and innovative ideas, discuss the implications and practicalities of Welsh Government policy, and discover new management practices.
2021-2022 events included
Soil Health Matters at Castle Hill Farm near Aberystwyth
An on-farm event, with keynote speakers, Q&A session and farm walk, looking at rotational grazing as a management system for sheep and beef cattle. Themes covered include regenerative agriculture, soil health, composting manure and policy.
Farm walks at Sealands Farm, Vale of Glamorgan and Salisbury Farm, Newport
Both events showcased farming and conservation working hand in hand. The first was at an organic arable farm, which has achieved carbon-neutral farming using liquid digestate, cover crops and minimal tillage. The second event was on a working beef and pedigree cattle farm, with a focus on providing habitat and predation management for wildlife in line with the GWCT ‘three-legged-stool’ approach.
Challenging Preconceptions at Rhug Estate, Denbighshire
By kind invitation of Lord Newborough, this event focused on the challenges of wildlife management. Guest speakers included Keith Offord, ornithologist and wildlife photographer; and David Pooler, gamekeeper on Rhug Estate. The event featured talks, a panel discussion and a guided wildlife walk around the estate and received praise for bringing together people from different policy perspectives.
Big Farmland Bird Count events
To encourage farmers’ participation in the Big Farmland Bird Count, various events were arranged throughout Wales alongside webinars in conjunction with NFFN and FUW, aimed to raise awareness of the practitioner survey. The on-farm events included tips for farmers on bird species identification in the field.
An Overview of the Ceredigion Farmland Feeder Project at Penrhiw Farm, Llandysul
Farmers were invited to a presentation about the findings and outcomes of the project. As well as GWCT Wales, there were speakers from the Ceredigion Local Nature Partnership and the West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre. The presentations were followed by a farm walk and discussion.