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Bridgend Nature Keepers

The Bridgend Nature Keepers

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The original concept of the Nature Keepers was thought up and developed by the Rangers at Bryngarw Country Park and Bridgend County Borough Council Tourism Team who installed an innovative interpretation trail in 2013, funded by reach under the European Rural Development Plan.

The four Bryngarw Keepers  have proved very successful and have attracted a lot of visitors to the Park. Consequently, the Council's Countryside and Reach Teams have since commissioned 10 more Nature Keepers around the County Borough, each with its own original poem. Why not visit the keepers and in doing so enjoy our lovely countryside and green places. 

The Bridgend Nature Keepers themselves are the, guardians of the story of the Land; a story written in the landscape and natural environment of the county borough's countryside. The keepers help us realise that we all have close links with the natural world.

The Bridgend Nature Keepers  will also help you to raise awareness of and celebrate the county borough's countryside and green spaces. In Bridgend we are fortunate to have a range of landscapes from mountain uplands to expansive untouched beaches and this has been reflected in the varied locations and range of keepers.

The Bridgend Nature Keepers help us celebrate Bridgend's countryside as a place to visit, a place for wildlife, a place to work in and a place to enjoy and that is something that we are keen promote to the County Borough's residents and visitors.

The Bridgend Nature Keepers also provide a unique way to tap into people's emotional connection with the natural environment.  We all have it, whether the connection is with the coast, the woods or the mountains, within all of us there is an emotional connection, often created in childhood, that when triggered reminds us how special these places are. That connection is what can then motivate us to be in these special places and to conserve them for future generations.

So what are you waiting for! Get out into the countryside and find all 14 of the Bridgend Nature Keepers. Then, why not send us your photos and comments via twitter @bridgendbites or facebook bridgend-bites or you can email us at tourism@bridgend.gov.uk

 

Day 21of the 'Elvis ADVENTure' competition

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Day 21 sees Elvis off to practice his long jumping skills by trying out some sand dune jumping in Kenfig National Nature Reserve. On his first attempt Elvis took a tumble, saying 'I slipped, I stumbled, I fell'. Poor boy! For more information about Kenfig National Nature Reserve click here.
Did you spot the hidden Elvis song title? Click here to enter our competition and win one night's stay & afternoon tea at Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel AND £100 of shopping vouchers at Bridgend Designer Outlet!


Day 18 of the 'Elvis ADVENTure' competition

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Today Elvis is off out in his Landrover, and with so many top natural sites to be seen he's got a very busy day ahead! He'll stop by Ogmore Castle, Merthyr Mawr & then cruise up into the valleys for some rugged natural Welsh beauty - There is so much world to see in Bridgend!
Did you spot the hidden Elvis song title? Click here to enter our competition and win one night's stay & afternoon tea at Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel AND £100 of shopping vouchers at Bridgend Designer Outlet!


Elvis ADVENTure day 16: Kenfig National Nature Reserve

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Today Elvis is off to Kenfig National Nature Reserve to do some wildlife spotting and to take a stroll along one of Europe's largest areas of sand dunes. He might not quite be able to spot a Snowbird but you never know what unique Welsh wildlife might come along.
Kenfig Nature Reserve has an interesting information centre next to the entrance and there are also some very interesting trails that go right into the heart of the reserve.
Did you spot the hidden Elvis song title? Click here to enter our competition and win one night's stay & afternoon tea at Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel AND £100 of shopping vouchers at Bridgend Designer Outlet!


The NEXT Big Thing

Emma Lamport

Emma Lamport


Local Designer and Graphic Artist Emma Lamport is set to be the NEXT big thing.
Emma's latest imagery taken at Kenfig National Nature Reserve in Porthcawl is being presented to NEXT for their 2013 Collection by UK art agent The Art Group.
Based in Ogmore by Sea, Emma's unique style of beach, surf and coast designs and artwork are hitting markets all across the UK, her artwork being used and printed onto homewares, wall art, cards and stationery.
Over Xmas, Emma will be showcasing her work in her Xmas stall in St Mary Street in Cardiff every Thursday from the 15th November up until Xmas so grab yourself a one-off design or Xmas gift.
Emma's portfolio, creations and designs are available from her webshop www.emmalamport.com where you can also link with her on facebook.