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Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

The whole of the Isle of Skomer, Pembrokeshire, is a Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales reserve.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW, Welsh: Ymddiriedolaeth Natur De a Gorllewin Cymru) is a Wildlife Trust in south and west Wales, one of 46 such Trusts in the United Kingdom.

WTSWW work in the Vice-counties of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire. The suite of reserves includes the Melincwrt waterfalls (near Neath), Coed y Bwl (daffodil woods near Cardiff), Teifi Marshes (near Cardigan, including the Welsh Wildlife Centre, which has a cafe and shop, and is on the Cardigan-Cilgerran Offshoot trail of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path), Castle Woods in Llandeilo (with castle), and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm.

The trust is dedicated to working with volunteers and communities to protect habitats and species. Their work includes reviewing planning applications, managing over 80 reserves and providing advice to a wide variety of groups.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is a membership organisation with charitable status. The Vision of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is:

  • “an environment rich in wildlife for everyone”.

The Mission of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is:

  • “rebuild biodiversity and engage people with their environment”.

The objectives of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are:

  • To stand up for wildlife and the environment;
  • To create and enhance wildlife havens;
  • To inspire people about the natural world;
  • To foster sustainable living.


The West Wales Naturalists' Trust traces its origin to a meeting held in Haverfordwest in February 1938. It was convened by L. D. Whitehead, the Welsh industrialist and owner of Ramsey, and the naturalist and author R. M. Lockley, then living on Skokholm. Seventy-eight people were present at that inaugural meeting and on the motion of Mr. Hugh Lloyd-Philipps, of Dale Castle, the Pembrokeshire Bird Protection Society was formed. In 1943, the society was urged to promote the establishment of nature reserves in readiness for post-war conditions. A meeting in 1945 decided to widen its area, so as to cover the counties of Pembroke, Carmarthen, Cardigan, and Merioneth, in compliance with requests from those counties, and considered a selection of alternative names so as to indicate the extension of the Society's area and activities. The meeting favoured West Wales Field Society. The society purchased Dale Fort which it leased to the Council for the Promotion of Field Studies in August 1946. An arrangement was made in 1947 for the CPFS to operate the Bird Observatory on Skokholm. Dale Fort was sold to the Field Studies Council in 1959.

In January, 1961, the Executive Council formerly resolved to recommend that the Society should be dissolved and reconstituted as the West Wales Naturalists' Trust, Ltd.[1] In April 2018 it merged with the Brecknock Wildlife Trust.[2]


  1. ^ Brief History and Handbook to Nature Reserves: West Wales Naturalists' Trust 1975
  2. ^ "Brecknock Nature Reserves". The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Retrieved 7 November 2018.

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