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Christmas Wreath Workshop- Sunday November 24th

Join NEWW and Specialist Florist Jill Duerden to learn how to create a professional looking Christmas wreath for the front door out of natural materials. This day is also suitable for children.
Venue: NEWWildlife, 17 Nant Alyn Road , Rhydymwyn, Mold, CH7 5HQ
Cost : £20 per person or £10 for volunteers
Please contact, or ring the office on 01352 742115 to book a place

Otter Project

We have been trying to follow the progress of the otters living around Rhydymwyn, with help from Kim, a student from Northop College. Thus study has been looking for tracks, spraints, and pictures from our stealth cameras that we have set up. We can happily say there has been a lot of activity in the form of footprints, spraints, and gorgeous pictures, and we are starting to build up a picture of their habits and movements.


NEWWildlife Blog

Our NEWWildlife Blog is still in full swing and brimming with posts. Why not take a look and read all about our recent Indigo course, a Yoga walk and ‘The State of Nature’ through the descriptive powers of Sarah Lewis.

Up-Cycled Clothing Workshop

Where: Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve
When: 10am until 4pm 2nd March
How Much: £20pp

Make yourself a “waste coat” using a jumper or cardigan that has outlived its use or use a charity shop find. You will gain the confidence to cut up and re-sew your jumper into a one-off, individually designed garment.

Booking is essential. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but you will need to provide your own lunch.

For more information, or to book your place, please contact Rachel Bailey on 01352 742115 or email

Free traditional skills course

There are still some places left on our coming back to run a second traditional skills weekend on the 9th and 10th of February run by Outback2Basics. We’ve been promised more exciting activities such as bark containers and whittling woodland cutlery!
This event is free of charge.
For more details and to book a place, visit:

Helping garden birds this winter

We have seen lots of birds on our feeders at Rhydymwyn lately, due to the cold weather, here are our tips for helping birds survive the winter:

  • Fat balls are brilliant at this time of year as they provide instant energy, as well as peanuts and meal worms.
  • With fat balls / peanuts it is ALWAYS best remove the mesh bags that they come in to avoid any birds / mammals from eating the plastic or becoming caught in the mesh with their feet or beaks
  • Putting out enough food for just a day or two at a time can prevent it from freezing or going soggy and mouldy
  • Having fresh water is also crucial for them, a saucer with warm water near to the food could be a life saver
  • Its never too late to put up a bird box, many birds will use them to roost in over night
  • Wash your hands after handling feeders
  • ENJOY watching what comes into your garden!

Hedgehogs galore

Well,  kind of.  After years of examining droppings we have finally met our resident hedgehog.  After setting up cameras there was more exciting news as Mum has 2 hoglets of about 4 weeks old.

Another first!

Just at look at what we found today – a bee orchid, which is another new species for the site.


NEWWildlife blog

We have started a NEWWildlife blog, to keep you up to date with in-depth news, events, photos and quizzes. Recent posts have included news about our stealth cameras, badger tracks and signs, our resident owls, visitors to our reserves, coming events and much more.

We aim to update the blog weekly and we welcome your feedback and comments. The link below will take you to our blog page, with the option to ‘follow’ us to recieve notifications when the page is updated.


Spring is sprung!

We recently had 80+ frogs in our wetland croaking and producing lots of frog spawn, which is fantastic news. They stayed in the pond for several days, and we were able to get some lovely photos, including the following one by our senior ranger.

Frog – Karl Marin

Our senior ranger has also reported that today in one of our small ponds that we have a cluster of toad-spawn strings, a smooth newt, two pairs of  toads in amplexus and two single toads, which is great news!

We also have birds checking out some of our nest boxes, including blue tits and starlings, so fingers crossed. We managed to snap this cheeck chappy outside the office whilst its mate was looking around inside!

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