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Frenni Fawr Lichen Citizen Science

Frenni Fawr Lichen Citizen Science

This event will take place in the Frenni Fawr Oak Woodland, in partnership with the Frenni Fawr Research Group (FFRG).  FFRG, a group of like-minded environmental experts are working to ensure Frenni Fawr’s upland oak woodland achieves the appreciation it deserves. To become a recognised and conserved habitat area.

Jon Hudson, professional ecological consultant and active member of the FFRG will lead this citizen science activity in the woodland. Jon will show us how to conduct a lichen-based index to determine nitrogen air quality, he will outline how to identify common lichens, explain what they are and run through the FSC air quality index.

This event is for you, if you’d like to be part of the ongoing citizen science activities taking place on the hill, contribute to important local data collection and learn more about how lichens can be used as a measure for air quality.

Where to Meet

We will be meeting at the entrance to the footpath (Grid Reference:- SN209345). Please note: Parking is limited at the roadside access to the footpath, so please lift share or use public transport (or your legs!) where you can. Additional parking has been organised for this event with the owners of the forestry adjacent to the footpath. Please note this is private land. Parking here is by permission of the landowner and has been agreed for this GBC event only.

Parking Directions

If approaching from Crymych towards Bwlch-y-groes turn left towards Pentop farm (after the Tegryn turn on the right) and continue straight-on (bear left) towards the entrance to the forestry. There is a metal gate, which will be open. It is a 5 to 10 minute walk from this location to the layby (the meeting spot), which is opposite the Frenni Fawr footpath entrance.

What to Bring

  1. A hand lens,
  2. A tape measure,
  3. Download the ‘lichen app’ - http://www.apis.ac.uk/lichen-app/main
  4. A notebook and pen,
  5. Suitable clothing - stout walking boots, wet and warm weather clothing (waterproofs, sun cream, hat - come prepared for whatever the weather!)
  6. Your own water/ hot drinks and food – GBC won’t be providing refreshments for this activity.

Health & Safety

  • This activity will be outside, please ensure that you are equipped for changeable weather,
  • Please ensure that you bring enough food and drink with you as GBC won’t be providing a refreshment break for this activity,
  • Please be mindful, that there are no facilities on the Frenni Fawr Common. The nearest toilet is in Canolfan Clydau Community Hall SA35 0BE,
  • Please be mindful of keeping a safe distance from other attendees,
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, are feeling unwell or have COVID-19, please stay safe at home. These health and safety guidelines are subject to review in line with government regulations and Control Plan.

Cwm Arian Renewable Energy

Cwm Arian Renewable Energy

CARE are a Community Benefit Society determined to make a positive environmental impact for our local community in North-East Pembrokeshire. 

After 13 years hard work we've successfully put up a 700kW wind turbine to generate clean energy. We are now working on developing a share offer to invite people to invest and become members of CARE, which will help grow a fund for the benefit of the local community. We are also working hard to deliver our other community projects, focusing on landscape restoration, creating an eco-friendly space for arts in the community, and offering energy efficiency advice.

Over the years we've worked with other communities, businesses and individuals across North Pembrokeshire; sharing what we have learned along the way, to help build resilience to the changing economy and the changing environment, through community action and enterprise.


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