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Manx Shearwaters rescued aſter being blown off course “On both of these occasions,

I collected the sea birds and transported them to Gower Bird Hospital for an assessment and rehabilitation. “There have been quite a few

calls recently - it is just that time of year and the weather isn’t helping. “If anyone does find one of

these stranded birds, our advice is to stay at a safe distance as they have a sharp beak and to call us on 0300 1234 999.” On Sunday, six Manx

Shearwaters were also released back into the wild by Gower Bird Hospital, which included some RSPCA rescued birds that had been previously rescued. In 2011, record numbers of

juvenile Manx Shearwaters were rescued by the RSPCA from the surf in Newgale and from gardens in Pembrokeshire after they were blown off course. The influx of stranded birds

came in as winds hit the West Wales coast of up to 44mph. At the time, more than 500 birds were transferred to the RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre near Taunton in Somerset where they were washed, fed and nursed back to health before being released back to the wild. ACO West said: “Manx

Several Manx Shearwaters have recently been rescued: The birds are blown off course by strong winds

TWO Manx Shearwaters have

been rescued from a Ceredigion village after they were blown off course. The RSPCA has received several

calls about the welfare of the seabirds following recent stormy weather. The islands of Skomer and

Skokholm have around 50% of the UK’s Manx Shearwater population - the largest known concentration of the species in the world. In August and September, the adults and juveniles leave the islands to migrate

thousands of miles away to the coast of South America, but strong winds can blow them off course. On Friday and Sunday (Sept 2

and 4), RSPCA Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Ellie West was called twice to the Ship Inn, Tresaith, to attend to two Manx Shearwaters. ACO West said: “The first young

Manx Shearwater was found in a distressed state, behind a stone plant pot. The second was found shuffling around in the car park and was again distressed.

Shearwaters are one of my favourite species and unfortunately we have to rescue quite a few of them around this time of year because of the weather. I have many memories dealing with them when I worked at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre when they came in for rehabilitation. “We have so many people

thinking they’ve found a penguin, so I have a little nickname for them as Pembrokeshire penguins! “They’re such beautiful little

birds. As fledglings, they have a major journey ahead of them which is incredible in itself. They migrate thousands of miles away to the coast of South America.”


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covers over half the land mass of Wales. That makes it quite a challenge for a Regional Assembly Member in terms of constituency visits but also fantastic to see so much of our country. I’ve been to all five local

authority areas in the region – Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Powys and Gwynedd – since I was elected. In particular I’ve been looking at what type of economic development works here. There is already a strategy based on the ‘City Region’ model (the Swansea Bay region includes Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire as well as Swansea and Neath Port Talbot). What should we in West Wales be focussing on to ensure we are future-proofed? I know from conversations

I’ve had across the region that communities and businesses can be limited by issues taken for granted in the larger cities. Earlier this week I sent a questionnaire to all Town and Community Councils in Mid and West Wales asking their views on how things work in their community. Things like internet connections and the availability of faster broadband, as well as mobile phone coverage are often challenging in rural areas, but they are only part of the situation. I’d also like to encourage you

to become involved in identifying what should be the economic

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priorities in your area. What themes should we be following: promoting quality tourism, or the creative industries? What do you think? And I want to hear your views on affordable housing, local transport, employment opportunities, and local amenities as well. Getting these to work for our communities, rather than being a problem for them, will make all the difference to us as individuals. It will also support business growth and investment. The Welsh Government recently

outlined a business confidence plan aimed at addressing some of the immediate and longer-term implications for Wales following the EU referendum result. Wales is – and will remain – open for business. A Growth and Prosperity Fund for business will support business projects which have jobs, investment and growth at their heart. The Welsh government is also in discussion with Finance Wales about the support they can offer to the private sector. The government will be bringing forward a pro-active plan for export support to enable businesses to capitalise on global opportunities for their products and services. I’ll be looking at how this translates into support for businesses here, bearing in mind the specific needs of this region. Keep in touch – call me on 01437

765588 or email me via my website at

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part-time commissioner for the Department for Transport, has seen himself promoted to the role on a full-time basis beginning in October, following an agreement between the Welsh Government and the Department for Transport. The Economy Secretary

commented on the change in role, stating: “Since my appointment as Cabinet Secretary, it’s been clear in my discussions with local authorities, the Confederation of Passenger Transport and others that there was a real appetite for increased capacity for the Traffic Commissioner for Wales. “I’m delighted that we’ve been

able to move quickly to make this a reality. Having a full-time Commissioner based in Wales and, in due course, bilingual support staff also based in Wales, as opposed to Birmingham, means increased and more effective engagement with those who provide and maintain our transport networks here in Wales. “Infrastructure improvements across Wales, as well as our M4

around Newport projects and Metro proposals, provide an exciting opportunity to tackle some of our most longstanding traffic and infrastructure difficulties. I look forward to continuing to work with Nick Jones and others to deliver the efficient, integrated and future-proof transport system that Wales needs and expects.” Welcoming his appointment,

Nick Jones said: “I am delighted to be Wales’ first, full-time Traffic Commissioner. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Welsh Government, local authorities, and other stakeholders to educate, advise and support the lorry, bus and coach industries.” Margaret Everson, Director of

Bus Users Cymru, representing Wales’s bus passengers, said: “Bus Users Cymru very much welcomes the establishment of a full-time Traffic Commissioner for Wales, and looks forward to continuing to work with Nick Jones to monitor bus operators’ performance, utilising our three full- time Bus Compliance Officers.”

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