Mining and geology

Our recording of July’s excellent webinar with Professor David James explaining the economics, geology and (lack of) science behind the scattering of mines optimistically built in the Cambrians over the ages, is available above.  And, if viewing (or remembering) it leaves you wanting more then we’re pleased to say the Cambrian Mines Trust has agreed […]

April Webinar Video: Red Squirrel Project

Our latest video was an informative look at the status of red squirrels in mid-Wales including an outstanding tip on how to distinguish reds from greys – hint: it isn’t all about fur colour – and an insight into the difficulties of assessing populations caused by squirrels who don’t visit cameras, and some who seem […]

July webinar: geology, economics and mining in the Cambrians

THE RECORDING OF THIS WEBINAR IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE WEBINAR RECORDINGS SECTION OF THE WEBSITE Although the legacy of metal mining spans 4000 years, its current visual and environmental impact is essentially the relic of 19th century activity when a predominantly ‘local consumption’ was replaced by ’nationwide demand’; first for lead and later for […]

February Webinar Video: Dark Cambrian Skies

What could be more “away from it all” than the night sky? And yet, for much of the UK population the stars and galaxies are invisible due to the cloak of light pollution: from towns, industrial complexes and even individual houses with their security lights. In our February webinar, Professor Martin Griffiths explained some of […]

April webinar: red squirrels ahoy!

Remoteness is one of the top 10 qualities of the Cambrian Mountains, and many of the residents like it that way.  High on the list of those valuing their privacy are the red squirrels, the native species now driven to extinction in much of the British Isles by the larger, aggressive and disease-spreading grey squirrels.  […]

February webinar: dark Cambrian skies

For Welsh Dark Skies Week, which this year aims to raise awareness of light pollution and how this affects not just our view of the stars, but also wildlife and our health, we are delighted to present a webinar celebrating the beauty and importance of the natural darkness of the skies over the Cambrian Mountains, […]

January Webinar Video: Interpreting Place Names

Here is the recording of our January 2023 webinar, on Place names in the Cambrian Mountains. Map reading in the Cambrian Mountains is a totally different experience for those who understand their Welsh topographic terms.  “Most Welsh place names are very transparent for Welsh speakers, even if the area is unfamiliar to them”, explains Dr […]

Cambrian Mountains archaeology project: introductory webinar

The EU-funded Coastal Uplands Heritage and Tourism Project (CUPHAT) project, whose Wales partners include Aberystwyth University and the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, is going to be investigating the archaeology of the Cambrian Mountains and foothills using LiDAR technology in 2023.  A webinar for the public to learn more about the project is being given on 19 […]

Found in translation: a webinar on Welsh place names

STOP PRESS:  This event has now sold out.  In view of its popularity, and the continuing stream of enquiries about it, we will run a further session later in the year.  Please watch this space for details of topic, date and time.   The Cambrians are part of the heartland of the Welsh language – […]

October Webinar Video: regenerative farming, local champions

With major changes in the offing as to the UK’s trade agreements around the world and the approach of the Sustainable Farming Scheme as successor to Glastir and the CAP farming subsidies regime, food production and security is a key issue not just for the Cambrian Mountains and mid-Wales, but for the whole nation. Farmers […]