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LIVE 24-SEVEN


Wildlife spotting!


Here, Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Senior Conservation Ecologist Andy Karran tells us what wildlife to look out for during our Race for Wildlife event.


There should be plenty of wildlife to see along and around the course – to interest spectators or to help lift your spirits if you are feeling the burn!


© Mandy Jones


hosting fun activities, games, music, refreshments and a vintage street party vibe. There'll be tea, cake and bunting galore! We always encourage wildlife-related fancy dress but this year we’re asking participants to use the VE Day 75th Anniversary theme to get creative. We’re expecting lots of runners to wear red, white and blue and other visitors to wow us with 1940s style clothing and fashion accessories.


Now in its 7th year, the Race for Wildlife attracts people from far and wide and each year we recognise familiar faces whilst welcoming new runners joining us and taking part in our event. Everyone has their own reasons for participating, many tell us it’s their first 10k, many are Gwent Wildlife Trust members looking to do something extra to support our work. As the 10k race takes place on the Gwent Levels, the course is almost completely flat. This makes it an ideal route for beginners looking to move up from a 5k Parkrun and attempt their first competitive 10k. It also means the race is extremely fast so keen runners chasing a personal best have a good chance of achieving it. For the very fastest competitors, there’s the challenge of beating the 2019 Race for Wildlife 10k record – set in 2019 by Jack Bancroft of Bristol & West AC (with an incredible time of 31 minutes and 50 seconds.)


As our major fundraising event of the year, we try to raise additional funds for our work by offering an entry fee refund to participants that fundraise. Anyone raising more than £50 for the 10k race and more than £10 for the 1k Fun Run takes part for free. We also hope that this enables more people to take part.


We encourage all runners to enter online in advance (by visiting: www.gwentwildlife.org/raceforwildlife) and everyone who enjoys a fun, friendly, community event to come along on the 10th and join in.


© Andy Karran


1.) The Reens (ditches/watercourses) of the Gwent Levels are full of flora and fauna, in May the stunning Yellow Flag Iris will be in full bloom.


2.) Kestrels are sadly becoming an increasingly scarce sight. However, on The Levels, they can still be regularly seen hovering over rough fields using their excellent eyesight to spot a mouse or two for lunch.


3.) In May, the Hawthorn is in full bloom. The hedges of The Levels will be full with the frothy white blossom and thronging with insects. Later in the year, the scarlet berries from the Hawthorn will feed winter thrushes.


4.) Some runners might not have time to stop and appreciate their beauty, however for those who do spot them, the contrasting orange and white, as well as the delicate underwing patterns of the Orange-tip butterfly are a joy to see. They flit along the verges and across meadows of The Levels in spring.


5.) Perhaps just a dot in the sky, however the uplifting song of the Skylark will accompany the runners around the course, hopefully putting some energy back into tired legs.


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© Andy Karran


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