Change and the Cambrians

It’s hard to believe that the Cambrian Mountains haven’t always been as we see them today, but in reality “change is the only constant”.  The Victorians’ reservoirs displaced people and drowned farms; conifers now march across hillsides once grazed by sheep and cattle.  Up until the Cistercian monks introduced sheep farming, the same hills would […]

Biodiversity and environmental governance

What’s happening? The Welsh Government is consulting until 30 April 2024 on a proposal to introduce a set of environmental principles and biodiversity targets into Welsh law.  These would impose duties on Welsh Ministers and, potentially, some public authorities in Wales, to consider environmental impacts in formulating and implementing policy.  Their success or otherwise in […]

The Monks Trod saga continues

Although Councillor Charlton has replied at length to many people who have written in to object to the proposed works on the Trod, we seem to have got lost in the furore.  So we’ve written again, addressing the reasons others have been given about the necessity for this course of action.  You can read our […]

CMS Responds to the Sustainable Farming Scheme

Upland farming is tough work, and its no surprise that the number of farmers still dedicated to working in these less favourable environments has declined over the years.  But the Cambrian Mountains as we know them today are essentially a farmed landscape and the paths and tracks criss-crossing them have been laid down by the […]

CMS Students?

We took our stall to the Aberystwyth University Student Volunteering Fayre last week, hoping to capture some youthful energy and enthusiasm.   It was smaller than the autumn Freshers’ Fayre so we were able to have a higher profile among the various stalls and as usual our pictures did attract a lot of attention.  Despite the […]

Paving the Monks’ Trod? Surely not!

We’ve been following the agonisingly slow deliberations of Powys County Council with respect to what to do with the iconic medieval trackway from Abbeycwmhir to Strata Florida Abbey, for some years.  And some of us really thought that having put a Traffic Restraining Order on it in 2023 they were moving towards a permanent ban, […]

Powys Development Plan Survey – have your say

Powys County Council is consulting over its draft Replacement Local Development Plan. By and large the Plan is encouraging in its foregrounding of climate and nature resilience issues, but we still felt there was an opportunity to be more ambitious. Accordingly, we have responded as shown below. The survey is open to all to respond […]

Calling birders – a plea for more records

At our AGM, Mick Green gave an excellent presentation on the state of birdlife in the Cambrian Mountains.  Excellent, that is, as to what is known.  But in fact the evidence is far from detailed: even though the birds are surely a major part of the draw to these wonderful hills, which inclde a number […]

Heat Strategy consultation response

Members who attended the Society’s AGM last month contributed to an excellent, constructive debate around the Society’s policy on wind farms in the Cambrians, and a revised draft will be circulated for comment in due course.  There was no disagreement with the proposition that reducing demand has to be a key objective rather than endlessly […]

Annual General Meeting: 21 October

Meetings of the Society in general are fairly rare – in fact, but once a year in general.  So don’t miss out on this annual get-together, on 21 October from 11 am at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. After the business is done, we’ll be discussing the fitness for purpose of the Society’s current […]