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New project to create saltmarsh habitat

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nrw-522117284NATURAL RESOURCES WALES and the National Trust have begun working on an ambitious project to create a saltmarsh at Cwm Ivy that will provide a new habitat for wildlife.

The project, the first of its kind in Wales, will look at how best to recreate 39 hectares (almost 100 acres) of intertidal saltmarsh habitat which will provide a sustainable habitat for birds and wildlife. It will also secure compensatory habitat for future coastal fl ood defence works across the Carmarthen Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Philll Pickersgill, Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager for Natural Resources Wales said, “Some forms of sea defences can have a negative impact on the coastal environment by causing loss or deterioration of natural habitats. When this happens, we will always replace or enhance them through our Habitat Creation Programme.

“The new intertidal habitats at Cwm Ivy will provide important new feeding and resting sites for birds and other wildlife. It will also ensure that the special wildlife value and ecosystems of the Burry Inlet and Carmarthen Bay will be protected long into the future. “It will also allow us to carry out any new coastal protection schemes across the Carmarthen Bay SAC in the knowledge that any unavoidable damage to the natural environment will be compensated for by the new habitats being created.”

Alan Kearsley Evans, National Trust, Gower Coast and Countryside said told The Herald: “During the past winter the exceptional rainfall combined with high tides and storm surges caused signifi cant damage to the sea wall at Cwm Ivy. The wall thought to have medieval origins was built to keep the sea from the land so that it could be farmed with livestock. “However, as sea levels rise and with more winter storms it became increasingly evident that this wall was not a sustainable defence. Working in line with the National Trust’s ‘Shifting Shores adapting to change’ report we are looking at adapting to change and the long term future by working with natural processes.

“We are therefore pleased to be working with Natural Resources Wales helping with their goal of providing compensatory habitats while returning these fi elds back to its natural state of saltmarsh. While doing so we’ll also be working closely with Swansea City Council and the local community to maintain and enhance public access to Cwm Ivy.”

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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