Biodiversity/Nature/Food – Organisations

This page will develop links as they are found. Please do get in contact if you have an independent, council or third sector group that you wish to list in the Biodiversity / Nature / Food links.

Local BIODIVERSITY groups/organisations in Cardiff
Local NATURE groups/organisations in Cardiff
Local FOOD groups/organisations in Cardiff
National and International BIODIVERSITY Organisations
National and International NATURE Organisations
National and International FOOD Organisations


Please register your local group on ‘Share Cardiff’ on www.sharecardiff.co.uk/ – it’s FREE and its an opportunity to all groups who are holistically driven, sustainability orientated, socially responsible in the City to get registered and raise YOUR groups profile! Check it out!

 

Local Biodiversity:

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Cardiff Bats Group:

Cardiff Bat Group is open to anyone who loves bats and their conservation. We run a range of walks, talks, training sessions and surveys, suitable for all levels of experiences and ages.

Cardiff Bat Group covers the unitary authority of Cardiff and is affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust, the national body representing Bat Conservation in the UK. Several of our members are licensed bat workers and we have a number of licence trainers within the group. We aim to:

  • Further the knowledge of bat distribution and within Cardiff
  • Promote the conservation of bats and their habitat
  • Provide a forum for discussion on bat conservation issues
  • Improve public perception of bats
  • Consider sustainable options in all its activities

Social Media: Facebook page and Twitter page.

Website: www.cardiffbats.org.uk/

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Friends of Bute Park:

This group is being relaunched! In the past the FoBP volunteers have done an amazing task of raising awareness about the park, removing Himalayan Balsam and other invasive species. Encouraging safeguarding of nature and planting multiple wildflower plots all around the park.

For now – please follow the social media?

Social Media: Facebook page.

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Hedgehog Helpline (SE wales)

Have you found a Hedgehog Out in the Day or Injured in the Cardiff area? If you live in the South East Wales area call 07557646773 between the hours of 10am – 12pm and 2pm and 6pm. Please note we are operating on limited resources; once your call is registered with the call handler you will be contacted by the admitting carer closest to you for delivery. (Many of our carers work full time, therefore they will contact you ASAP)

Please be mindful we are unable to cover all areas within South East Wales; our call handler will advise you during your call and refer you to your nearest vet.

Social media: Facebook page and Twitter Page.

Website: http://hedgehoghelplinecymru.org.uk/

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Mr Wasps – pest Control:

We at Mr Wasp offers highly efficient hornet, wasp and bee removal services for clients in the Newport area. You can always rely on us for assistance during emergencies as we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are a local, family run pest control company, with 40 years experience specialising in the control of Wasps, Bees and Hornets.

Social Media: Facebook page and Twitter page.

Website: www.mrwasp.co.uk/

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Local Nature:

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Howardian Local Nature Reserve

This beautiful Howardian [LNR] Local Nature Reserve is based in Lower Rhymney Valley Penylan in Cardiff – it is an oasis of  wildlife; woodland, wildflower meadows, ponds and reedbeds. An amazing nature attraction for everyone to enjoy!

Please note – try and walk to this location – (as there is no parking and it causes significant problems if people think they can just park anywhere they please!) Check out the Howardian LNR website for maps and information of this amazing green space in Cardiff.

Social Media: Facebook page.

Website: www.howardianlnr.org.uk/

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.The living Taff

The Living Taff is a celebration of the all the great things along the river’s journey. The Living Taff is a celebration of all the great things along the river’s journey.

Social Media: Facebook page...
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Website: http://www.livingtaff.wales
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Local Food:

Be part of the change in Cardiff: please search #GoodFoodCardiff and #CardiffGrowingTogether and join in!

Cardiff Foodbank:

It is imperative that we contribute towards the 1000’s of people that regularly go hungry ……. please can you help? Click on the links to see where you can leave food at places like Lidl, Co-Operative etc. No matter how small you think it – every can of rice pudding, every jar of coffee etc. it all adds up as even the most desperate people still donate to help those even worse off. PLEASE donate 1 or 2 things towards Foodbank!

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Social Media:  Facebook page.

Website: www.foodbank.org.uk/

email: info@cardiff.foodbank.org.uk/ 

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.Cardiff Salad Garden:

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise combining growing and selling fresh cut salad leaves whilst working with disadvantaged groups of individuals from in and around Cardiff.

We are located in Bute Park, one of the most central parks in Cardiff, using a greenhouse within The Walled Garden to grow our produce. We grow a range of salad leaves all year round for continuous harvesting. These mixed baby leaf salads are picked to order, high quality, and unique, and are available to rwholesale customers in Cardiff all year round.We  make all salad deliveries to restaurants in Cardiff by bicycle  – a truly sustainable business.

We run workshops, training for adults and children in their own settings, educating about edible plant growing, food production and harvesting. We can help set up salad growing on your site.

Social Media: Facebook page.
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Website:  http://www.cardiffsaladgarden.co.uk/
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Edible Cardiff:

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Edible Cardiff is all about supporting individuals and groups of local people to come together to grow their own food and flowers, whether in a community garden, on the streets, in a communal space or on allotments.
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Social Media: Facebook page.
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Eggseeds:
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Established in the 2010’s – this amazing business raises awareness on all manner of food cultures and rearing. Ranging from helping groups set up growing spaces, taking chickens into schools to educate children on chick rearing etc. Eggseeds has contributed significantly to wider community and many groups that are often excluded – being encouraged to partake and become empowered with growing food and organising such community ventures.
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Eggseeds offers projects for ‘creating space’, there is the ‘Hatching project’, organising site visits to various projects, training sessions to get people keyed up on skills for growing – and much more (check out the Eggseeds website).
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Social Media: Facebook page & Twitter page.
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Food Cardiff:
Food Cardiff works with local organisations, businesses and communities to make sustainable, affordable and healthy food available for everyone.

At Food Cardiff we believe that good food means fair food. It should be good for people, good for the place we live in, and good for the planet – as well as being affordable and nutritious.

By promoting healthy, sustainable and ethical food as part of a thriving local economy, we can improve health and wellbeing and create a more vibrant, connected, and prosperous city.

Sign up, and join a network of individuals and organisations committed to taking action to make Cardiff a sustainable food city today!

 

 

Grow Cardiff:

The Grow Cardiff has been created to support more food growing throughout Cardiff; be it in schools, community gardens, family or street efforts or general food growing applications.

Grow Cardiff is a grassroots, registered charity that exists to provide hands-on support to people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them come together to create and sustain fantastic shared, edible, wildlife-friendly growing spaces across the city and beyond.

Uninspiring urban plots are transformed into productive, nature-filled, buzzing hubs and lives and communities are transformed too.

Social Media: Facebook page and Twitter page.

Website: http://www.growcardiff.org/

 


National and International Biodiversity:

 

.British Wild Flower Plants

Established in 1987; British Wild Flower Plants have grown to be the trusted supplier of wildflowers to trade and retail sectors in the UK and some of mainland Europe. We grow over 350 species of known provenance wildflowers on our 7 acre nursery just outside Norwich in Norfolk.

We specialize in 55cc jumbo plugs we also sell full half litre 9cm pots and seeds.

Website: www.wildflowers.co.uk/

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Wiggly Wigglers

One of the first bodies that the Davius Nursery made purchases from at the turn of the century! Wiggly Wigglers introduced it’s pivotal Wormery which made it a household name/product in the composting market. It has gone onto significant expansion with it’s various products since the 1990’s!

Wiggly Wigglers mission is to deliver the best, by any measure (Value, Quality, Service and Provenance) farm-produced, Great British Birdfood and Great British flowers to our customers. Additionally we wish to be in the top three UK Companies, within an innovative, independent niche, proudly championing our products, which are predominantly sourced from British farms. #grownnotflown

A national leading example of good business practise!

Website: www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/

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National and International Nature Biodiversity:

.The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

At Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew our mission is to unlock the potential of plants and fungi, through the power of scientific discovery and research.

We are fighting for a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and protected. At the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, we harness the power of our science, and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to unearth why plants and fungi matter to everyone.

The need has never been greater; biodiversity loss, climate change, rapidly-spreading pests and diseases combined with a soaring human population and fragile food security are negatively impacting communities around the world. Plants and fungi hold the key to solving some of these challenges. Whether as medicines, food, materials or fundamental members of ecosystems, they harbour secrets that could benefit us all.

 

Green Garderner:

The Green Team – We have been advising gardeners how to go green for over 26 years and we are the leading supplier of beneficial creatures for your greenhouse and garden.

The Green Team – As a long established family company of 2 generations we take pride in our service and really do know our onions! So whether it’s whitefly on your tomatoes, slugs on your host as or a vine weevil invasion – no problem! Find the solution on the site or please feel free to contact us by email (orders@greengardener.co.uk) or phone us for friendly advice and safe, effective solutions.

Jonathan Manners is the son of John & Annie Manners who have been advising and supplying amateur gardeners for 26 years through their mail order catalogue. John and Annie have recently retired, so Jonathan has taken over. Green Gardener are specialists in safe, effective biological pest controls, which are totally harmless to children, pets and wildlife. Our extensive range includes ladybirds , lacewings and our best selling nematodes for slugs, vine weevil, leatherjackets and chafer grubs. and as well as specialising in wormeries, worms, wildlife products and lawn products.

Website: www.greengardener.co.uk/

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Natur Cymru

To relaunch in the 2021 !! Established in 2001-2016 this wonderful journal has brought much joy with its 62 issues reporting on all the various aspects of nature on land, sea and air across Wales.

With new support partnership being put in place, supporting Natur Cymru to maintain its independence – the Natur Cymru journal will be relaunched in the early 2020’s.

This will be supported/funded independently by the body below.

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The INCC – Initiative for Nature Conservation Cymru:

The Initiative for Nature Conservation Cymru (INCC) was established in 2018 in order to serve the wildlife of Wales and the people who care for and value the natural world.

Our vision is a Wales with more wildlife in more places, created by a society that intrinsically values the natural world.
Our mission is to be the strong unconstrained voice that Welsh wildlife needs, speaking out and putting the needs of wildlife first.
Our unique role in the nature conservation sector in Wales is to speak out for all wildlife, to be the voice that is needed and to tell the story from wildlife’s point of view.
INCC will not accept @WelshGovernment or @NatResWales grant funding for any of its core activities, operations or governance. INCC will remain uncompromised, objective and able to speak out and challenge decision makers for the benefit of wildlife.
Read our full strategy at incc.wales
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The Pesticide Action Network:

The PAN Pesticide Action Network is on a mission to raise awareness about dangers of pesticides in agriculture  – they state: “Pesticides impact nearly all life on earth. Pesticides are designed to kill pests. They include a wide range of compounds including herbicides (designed to kill plants), insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, molluscicides and nematicides, but also include plant growth regulators, defoliants and desiccants. They are mainly used in the growing of agricultural crops, but are also used in our towns, cities, homes and gardens.”

The PAN group aim to educate on viable alternatives and good practices on a national and global level to ensure all farming, land management and global health are improved for all living species.

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Wildflower Trust:

More than half of the UK’s species are in decline. Here is an overview of the main direct causes of significant trends affecting wildlife and habitats in the UK.  The indirect drivers behind these trends, such as changes in demography, consumption, social attitudes and technology, are not covered here.

American historian and writer, Lewis Munford, commented that ‘trend is not destiny’, but nevertheless, long-term trends for wildlife that are being driven by deep-seated economic and social forces are very slow to change and likely to continue long into the future unless very significant effort is made to change them. Many of these direct causes of a changing natural world will have to change significantly if our wildlife is to recover and if people are to develop a stronger personal connection with the natural world.

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National and International Food Growing (organic, local, healthy):

.Eden Project Communities

We started with a very simple idea from the Eden Project. What if, on one day a year, people came together with their communities and shared a meal?

And so, in 2009, The Big Lunch was born. It’s the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours and its grown ten-fold since then, each year getting bigger and better as millions of people take to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join in for a few hours of community, friendship, and fun.

The Big Lunch connects people and encourages friendlier, safer neighbourhoods where people start to share more – from conversations and ideas, to skills and resources, and, for some, it ignites a passion for doing more good things where they live.

Social Media: Facebook page.

Website: https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com.

 

Social Farms & Gardens Wales:

Social Farms & Gardens Wales is part of a UK wide organisation that supports, represents and promotes community-managed green spaces and care farms, as a means of helping communities to grow. We help empower local people, often in deprived areas, to build closer, healthier and more integrated communities.

We are also the national face of the community growing and care farming movement, working to raise its profile with policy-makers, funders and the public. Formerly known as the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

As more of the UK residents/families and wider communities realise that growing 1-10% of their yearly diet will make a more positive impact on humanity and the planet.  Healthy fruit, herbs and vegetables are pivotal for a healthier nation.

Social Media: Facebook page.

Website: www.socialfarmsandgardenswales.co.uk.