Joyce Watson AM has visited the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, to see how a new project to boost one of Wales’s most important habitats is coming along.

The Labour Mid and West Wales AM was given a guided tour of the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve by Lizzy Wilberforce and Nathan Walton from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Mrs Watson, who is a member of the Welsh Assembly’s environment committee, said:

“I am very grateful to Lizzy, Nathan and the Wildlife Trusts for inviting me to see first-hand how the 'Teifi Gateway' project is progressing.

“The Teifi estuary and coast is a unique environment. The area’s diverse mix of habitats support a remarkable amount of biodiversity including bottle-nosed dolphins, dormice, rare bats and salmon. The project recognises the Teifi’s huge significance to both wildlife and the surrounding communities.”

The ambitious Teifi Gateway Living Landscape scheme was launched in 2012 and is based around the estuary and lower reaches of Afon Teifi. Working with landowners, the scheme aims to deliver a wide range of environmental benefits and reconnect local people with the river, sea and its associated habitats.

The project, which is backed by Welsh Government funding through Environment Wales, covers an area of 27,000 hectares encompassing Teifi Marshes nature reserve and the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Coed Maidie B Goddard, Pengelli Forest, Cardigan Island, Cemaes Head and Coed Pont Bren.

To find out more about the project contact The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes: 01656 724100 /