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    Natural Neighbourhoods is overseen by the countryside and tourism section of Bridgend Council. The Community blog is aimed at those who may be interested in nature, green spaces, countryside and generally people who enjoy exploring the natural environment around them.
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Bridgend Beekeepers Association are running a course for anyone interested in keeping bees.

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There are increasing numbers venturing out to play Pokémon GO. With pokestops and training centres and many more digital landmarks popping up in some of our best habitats including at the entrance to Craig y Parcau Local Nature Reserve. We are hoping that a generation will discover these amazing urban green spaces on their doorstep and they will experience and be inspired by and value the natural world around them.

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We had a good turn out for the first event of the year at Locks Common LNR, despite the cold weather. Julia and Dave also had a willow warbler and Dave saw some shell ducks flying low along the top of the cliffs, However, as Dave’s rule was that at least 2 people had to see the bird for it to be recorded we should have left it off the list, but as he led the walk, we’ll let him off!

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There are five species of oil beetles in the UK, the Black oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus), the Violet oil beetle (Meloe violaceus), the Short-necked oil beetle (Meloe brevicollis), the Rugged oil beetle (Meloe rugosus) and the Mediterranean oil beetle (Meloe mediterraneus). The first three can be found in the spring and we need your help to monitor their distribution to aid our conservation work. - See more at: https://www.buglife.org.uk/oil-beetle-survey#sthash.7Douskf0.dpuf

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With the weather showing signs of warming, we have a guest blog from Sam Langdon South & West Wales Amphibian & Reptile Group (SWWARG) with an appeal on the importance of reporting reptile sightings.

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