Mariecia Fraser: alpacas, Aberystwyth and me

Ahead of the ‘Resilience in the Welsh Uplands – an evidence perspective’ conference 14-18th September we catch up with Aberystwyth’s Reader in Upland Agroecosystems. Meet long-term collaborator, EP Wales steering committee member and Aberystwyth IBERS staff member Mariecia Fraser, who shares the highlights of her work with Pwllpeiran Upland Research Centre, her future hopes for the Welsh uplands and the wonders of mixed grazing.

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Future is bright for NERC COVID-19 Recovery Hackathon winners

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Students from Cardiff University are celebrating following their successful submission to NERC’s COVID-19 Recovery Hackathon. The Hackathon called for environmental researchers, health and social science experts and data specialists to join an urgent sprint earlier this summer. Joshua Moore, Lucy Henley and Timothy Ostler from Cardiff’s prestigious School of Mathematics won the competition, we catch up with them to ask about their work and plans for the future.

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Barbara Jones: In search of the Snowdon Lily

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As part of our Upland Voices project, we meet Barbara Jones, who has dedicated her life to monitoring and protecting the elusive Snowdon Lily. Only found on the steepest, most remote rocky outlets in Snowdonia – the alpine plant grows in only six locations. Facing freezing conditions, icy fingers and bruises is just part of the territory for Barabra, who leads the charge to montitor the plants at a number of microsites in Snowdonia. Despite being retired and the restrictions of Covid-19 on progress this year, Barabra is more determined than ever to bridge the communication gap between conservation and recreation.

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UPLAND VOICES: A farmer’s tale of life on the Uplands

As part of our Upland voices project, Mid Wales beef and sheep farmer Hywel Morgan shares the story of his family farm ar Esgairllaethdy at the foot of the Black Mountains. In this article, he outlines his concerns and worries for the future of farming and what it’s like to be a farmer in Wales in 2020. In the run-up to our Resilience in the Welsh Uplands confererence in September, we’re shining a light on seldom-heard voices currently living and working in the Welsh Uplands. Why not get involved and share your story, too?

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Rhondda-made: A tale of whinberries, huckleberries and Granny’s long lost chutney recipe

As part of our ‘Upland Voices’ project, Gemma Treharne-Foose shares a glimpse of her childhood visiting family in Porth, Rhondda – and years later returning to the area to live, introducing her young daughter to the joys of wild whinberries on Glynfach mountain.

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UPLAND VOICES: Powys Moorland Partnership

As part of our Upland Voices campaign, we’re shining a light on the stories, people and projects in Wales’ upland areas. This week, we take a look at the wellbeing and community work taking place in the Brecon area thanks to the initiatives of Powys Moorland Partnership.

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