Members John and Sandra Lee have their delicious Dexter beef for sale in packs ready for the freezer. Please contact them on email@example.com or phone 01600 860933.
MMG Member Paula Chalinder has eight miniature ponies needing a good home – six mares and two geldings. If you interested in buying these lovely ponies please contact Paula on 01873 855083.
Another member, Amanda Copp, has sheep for sale, as she is cutting down on her livestock. Amanda says “Our flock started with 2004 born Jacobs X Texel and we still have some of the originals. Over the years we have mainly used pedigree Jacob rams plus one year using a Badger faced ram.
We have about 6 retired ‘pet’ ewes and because we only breed about 7 each year we have several 3 and 4 year olds that we haven’t bred from. The pets would make ideal lawnmowers for anyone who didn’t want to breed – I am not in a hurry to see them go but if a really good home came along I’d be happy to see them settled.
I have 5 ewe lambs born April this year – all Jacobs – includes one very friendly hand reared who is ideal for anyone looking for an easy to handle ewe and also 5 ewes born May 2012 – all Jacobs, some black and white and some all black”
To find out more, contact Amanda on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.01600 861856.
SEWBReC have produced an annual newsletter for the Gwent recording community since 2005, and in October 2008, the first joint Gwent-Glamorgan Recorders’ Newsletter was produced. Packed full of articles from recorders, the 9th edition has just been published and it is well worth a look.
SEWBReC (South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre) is the centre for the collation, management and dissemination of biodiversity data for South East Wales.
A morning of wildlife talks and informal discussion for the owners of Local Wildlife Sites in Monmouthshire, organised by Gwent Wildlife Trust. Free.
Members of Monmouthshire Meadows Group are also very welcome to attend.
The morning is focused at Local Wildlife Site owners and will provide the opportunity to learn more about the wildlife these special sites support and how to encourage it.
There will be a look at the current grant scheme that’s available for Local Wildlife Site owners, a talk on bumblebees and bee friendly land management, plus the chance to learn more about other insects and spiders with a talk/walk around the nearby Llandogo Churchyard.
There will also be the opportunity to share experiences with other Local Wildlife Site owners in Monmouthshire with a talk from a local landowner, together with the chance to pose your wildlife questions to our speakers over tea and coffee.
The event is FREE. In order for us to estimate the numbers of people that might attend please ring the Trust on 01600 740600 or e-mail email@example.com if you’d like to attend.
Road verges need management, but Plantlife say that councils are mowing verges in their care, at the height of the flowering season, too often and leaving the cuttings to lie. Their survey revealed that more than 75% of the councils contacted cut their verges multiple times over the spring and summer, with not one of them collecting cuttings as part of their routine management.
MMG has supported Plantlife’s campaign for some time. Our members can help by making a complaint to their council if it happens to a verge they know, and by sending ’before’ and ‘after’ pictures of affected verges to Plantlife via their web site www.plantlife.org.uk. Please let us know if you do this – we can put the pictures on this web site as well.
If you know of a particularly rich stretch of road verge, do please let us know now. Last year following surveys, new road verge reserves were set up.
To: Members of Monmouthshire Meadows Group
The Committee of the Monmouthshire Meadows Group invites MMG members to join them at a party to launch ‘Wildflower Meadows in Monmouthshire: Ten years of conserving and restoring flower-rich grasslands’, a book compiled by Meadows Group members to celebrate 10 years of successful meadow making.
The party will be held at the meadow (in barn if wet) of Northridge House, Usk Road, Shirenewton, Monmouthshire, NP16 6RZ from 6pm to 8pm following the Open Day held in meadows of the Shirenewton area.
Please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 2nd June if you would like to come.
From Chepstow take the B4235 to Usk for about 5 miles. Pass ‘The Carpenters Arms’ on right and then ‘The Huntsman’ on right. Exactly one mile from the Huntsman towards Usk is a sign ‘Pant y Cosyn’. Turn right down this lane and the meadow gate will be signposted on the right.
From Usk take the B4235 towards Chepstow for about 6/7 miles. The Pant y Cosyn turn is to the left after the turn to Bully Hole Bottom.
This project has been supported by the Sustainable Development Fund, a Natural Resources Wales initiative in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
MMG has been asked to let people know about this Charity event:
Thursday 27th June 2pm – 5pm.
Church Cottage, Hentland, Hoarwithy, Ross-on-wye, HR9 6LR
Member of the National Garden Scheme, Sue Emms (garden designer and plants women) is opening her garden to the public this June in support of Home-Start Herefordshire and Home-Start Monmouthshire. The idyllic garden is spread across half an acre of land, and homes some of the more unusual varieties of cottage garden plants mixed with old favourites with colourful surprises hidden throughout.
Visitors are invited to see the gardens for just £3.00, with refreshments available. The inspiring site is also only a short walk away from St Dubricius Church; a beautifully historic and scenic church, which will not only offer parking but be open for viewing as well.
Whether you are a garden fanatic, or just enjoy the beautiful things in life, this open day is a fantastic chance to see something extraordinary… and all for a good cause!
Home-Start Herefordshire & Monmouthshire Tel: 01432 371212 or 01600 715608
Gwent Wildlife Trust have 400 small bales of hay for sale – £2.50 a bale but it needs to be moved by the 14th March.
Contact Tim Green, Farm and Wildlife Development Officer on email@example.com telephone 01600 740358
Gwent Wildlife Trust have fully funded grants of up to £2,000 available for capital works that help enhance and restore Local Wildlife Sites in Monmouthshire. This is part of their Natural Assets Project, which aims to help identify and support the care of some of the best places for wildlife in Monmouthshire. So if you are the owner of a designated Local Wildlife Site you can apply.
Surviving untouched in the landscape, Local Wildlife Sites are often small and located on steep or isolated ground. They can face special management challenges. The grant is available to owners of these sites in Monmouthshire for projects that help secure its long term sensitive management and conservation. Just a few possibilities include stock-proof fencing or water trough provision to enable wildflower-rich grassland to be sensitively grazed, restoring traditional field boundaries (e.g. hedge-laying, dry-stone wall restoration), works to control invasive species, small specialised machinery/tools purchase or works to enable machinery to access sites to perform much needed management works.
There are more details on GWT’s Monmouthshire Natural Assets Project page, or for more information and support with applications contact Rebecca Price, Monmouthshire Natural Assets Project Officer, Gwent Wildlife Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01600 740600.
An update to a message from MMG members John & Sandra Lee :
Grass only fed and locally butchered
Grass Fed to produce Beef of the Finest Quality
From this Traditional Native Breed
The Elms, Trellech Cross, Trellech, Monmouth. NP25 4PX
Tel: 01600 860667 ***** Email: email@example.com