Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory

Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory

Protecting Wales’ unique environment

Our breath taking natural heritage of stunning landscapes and coastal waters is under threat. 

Fund for Wales grants aim to help secure a healthy natural environment for people to enjoy, where wildlife is protected and Wales’ landscapes are safeguarded for future generations.

From climate change to local pollution, your money can help protect our nation’s threatened habitats and wildlife, by supporting conservation and research projects and helping make the environment a valued part of everyone’s life in Wales.

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Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory, Bardsey Island

The Fund for Wales grant hopes to play its part in conserving Wales’ unique biodiversity by helping the ‘Moth-Man’ of Bardsey Island gather data about rare moth species on this unique island habitat. 

A National Nature Reserve, Site of Specific Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, Bardsey Island, off the Llyn Peninsula, is home to some rare and beautiful moths and butterflies, including the tiny Thrift Clearwing and the spectacular Hummingbird Hawk Moth.  It is believed that the island is also home to the largest population of the pretty Garden Tiger Moth. 

This important environmental project informs our understanding of moths and their role as markers of a changing ecology.  The research and monitoring undertaken on Bardsey is greatly valued by the scientific and ecology communities in Wales and beyond.  In broader terms, with eco-tours becoming increasingly popular, Bardsey is looking to attract more visitors with specific moth-focussed holidays.  

Established in 1953, Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory studies and conserves the natural history of Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli). This small charity, employs three people and relies on a group of very dedicated volunteers. With the Fund for Wales grant the Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory has purchased a new moth trap with a stronger battery supply, a crucial element for moth trapping on an island which relies on generators for its power.  The ‘Moth-Man’ at the Observatory is now able to increase his work recording moth activity on the island with greater ease.

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