Natural Mid Wales
Natural Mid Wales is a group of businesses that promote wildlife and countryside tourism in this largely unknown part of Wales and who share a commitment to enhance and conserve the wildlife and habitats on their premises.
We offer a wide choice of accommodation, all providing information and guidance for wildlife enthusiasts, countryside lovers, walkers and cyclists, and a range of activities: wildlife watching, photography and study days, countryside courses and guided sightseeing or just peaceful relaxation in a rich landscape with abundant wildlife and fabulous walking.
The purpose of this website is to provide information about local wildlife, and to help visitors to know what is to be seen here and to plan visits to Mid Wales.
Ciaran O Connell - Chairman
vacant - vice chairman
Secretary shared amongst committee members
Jen Walsby - Membership Secretary
Grace Ince - Treasurer
Natural Mid Wales- a Wildlife Tourism Winner
At a Gala ceremony in Estonia, Glasu’s Natural Mid Wales project and
its programme partners were awarded the overall winners prize in the
Nordic-Baltic LEADER cooperation awards.
The Natural Mid Wales project is helping wildlife tourism businesses and organisation
in Powys to undertake study visits as part of “Nature Tourism,” an EU
LEADER trans-national cooperation programme. Nature Tourism had
already made it to the shortlist of finalists, but at the Gala on 26th
September, Nature Tourism was announced as the overall winner.
“The award is welcome recognition at the EU level of the Glasu’s
longstanding work with people at the local level in Powys,” commented
Cliff Webb, who coordinates the Natural Mid Wales project and its
involvement with the EU Nature Tourism programme. From it’s beginning
in 2001, Glasu has always embraced the so called EU LEADER, “bottomup”
approach, working with people at a grassroots level, giving people in
Powys the time, space, resources and confidence to try something new
or different. “That’s why study visits like these are valuable opportunities,
giving people a chance to step back, look at working differently in wildlife
conservation and wildlife tourism, without having to worry about the
immediate costs of the exercise” said Cliff.
During the next study visit, in October a representative from Powys visited the Pas de Calais region, in northern France. The next visit is to Portugal in April, then Finland in June. More study visits are planned in the future as well as other Natural Mid Wales activities supported by Sustainable Tourism Powys.