1964-2014 Fifty years of wildlife conservation

Celebration cakeCutting the cake

On September 6th 2014, a total of 118 supporters celebrated the 50th anniversary of Brecknock Wildlife Trust with Kirsty Williams, AM for Brecon and Radnorshire. She joined member founders and their families, and Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, Stephanie Hilborne OBE, at the celebration event in Bishop Bevan Hall, Brecon. Also present were Councillor & Mrs Sandford - Mayor and Mayoress of Brecon, Councillor Roche Davies - Chair of Powys County Council - & Mrs Roche Davies, and Councillor Geraint Hopkins - Chair of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Refreshments were supplied by The Co-operative who donate the carrier bag levy from its Welsh stores to Wildlife Trusts Wales.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said:
“Few people in the UK know how beautiful Brecknock is or much about the people or wildlife that live there. In common with other upland areas, its dramatic scenery disguises some tough truths. There is much less wildlife than there ought to be (except in the wonderful nature reserves), a good deal of rural poverty and the usual helping of depression and obesity. But the inspiring thing is that one in 50 people are members of their Wildlife Trust and the active volunteer network the charity supports means more and more people are learning about nature. In this way, the Brecknock Wildlife Trust is creating a truly Living Landscape which can store more water and carbon in healthy breathing soils; and sustain thriving populations of wildflowers, song birds and raptors.”

The 50th anniversary was celebrated with a series of events throughout 2014





January 4th - WinterWildfowl Watch at Llangasty

Bird watch at llangorse lake

February 11th - Iolo Williams talk about Welsh Wildlife at Theatre Brycheiniog

Iolo poster

February 22nd - National Nest Box Week at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre

BWT stall

February 24th, 26th & 28th - Mammal Discovery Days

Mammal discovery day poster

May 4th - Tour of  Pwll-y-Wrach reserve with the Talgarth Walking Festival

Talgarth Walkinf Festival

May 10th - Dawn Chorus walk at Llangynidr

Sedge warbler

May 17th & 18th - BWT stand at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Llanelwedd

BWT stand Llanelwedd

June 14th - Joint meeting with Wildflower Society at Craig-y-Cilau

Wildflower walk

July 12th - Joint meeting with Botanical Society of the British Isles at Berthllwyd Farm in the Nedd Valley

Wildflower walk

August 6th - Family Bat evening at Brecon Promenade


September 6th - Autumn ramble at Allt Rhongyr reserve

Autumn gentian

October 18th - Fungal Foray from Brecon Cathederal

Fugal foray

November 6 - Mulled wine and Mince pies at Cotswold Outdoor Clothing, Brecon

Cotswold Logo

November 12th - AGM with Rhys Jones at Peterstone Court, Llanhamlach

AGM poster