Posted on: Tuesday 18 May 2021
Last Summer, the Council, along with partner organisations, took lead on a new Urban Biodiversity project ‘An Urban Buzz’.
As part of the project, a number of ‘Wildlife & Wellbeing’ packages were distributed to NHS staff living in Torfaen to assist in engagement with garden and local wildlife, and improve wellbeing. The packages were well received, and all activities were successfully delivered resulting in extremely positive feedback from all who took part.
The project has now entered its final year, and continues to be funded by Welsh Governments Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing grant (ENRaW) through the Resilient Greater Gwent work programme.
For the next part of the project, we would like to offer Wildlife & Wellbeing packages to social care staff living in Torfaen. We recognise the important role they have played/and continue to play during the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to offer them the opportunity to take part in an exciting project that will encourage improved well-being, as well as an opportunity to learn more about local wildlife and take part in a citizen science survey.
The projects focus is still on the value and diversity of urban wildlife, and the benefits of the natural environment on well-being. The aim is to encourage behaviour change through community participation and positive action, from small steps such as gardening in a more wildlife friendly way, to taking part in activities for the wider community benefit. There is also a focus on encouraging people to take an active part in recording wildlife in their urban landscape and gardens, and sharing information with local biodiversity record centres such as SEWBReC http://www.sewbrec.org.uk/
Councillor Mandy Owen, executive member for the environment said: “Social care staff continue to work hard in the community, so being able to offer the Wildlife and Wellbeing packs to those interested is fantastic.
“These packs will help people connect with nature, and will help us find out more about wildlife in Torfaen. We are hoping that those who receive a pack enjoy recording wildlife in their gardens, and have fun."
Recipients of the packs will need to provide photographs of their engagement with the contents of the packages, and sign an agreement to provide regular updates and feedback when requested. They will also be required to commit to taking part in a citizen science survey over several months, further details of which will be disclosed upon selection. The information and feedback received will be used to get a better understanding of the range and distribution of species across the borough and to assess how well the packs were received.
Applications are only open to Social Care staff and they must live in Torfaen. You will need to provide us with full details of your workplace and profession.
Packages will be delivered as soon as possible during spring/summer months and will be delivered to your doorstep complying with all social distancing guidelines.
To apply for a Wildlife & Wellbeing package please email Rachel Edwards, Ecologist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 28 May 2021.
- Packages are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve per ward basis to allow for a fair distribution across the borough.