We have been monitoring biodiversity here since the mid 1990s, before the Garden opened in May 2000.

If you’d like to know what kind of species live here, have a look at our Wildlife section.

Every year, we continue to collect information on biodiversity, particularly on Waun Las NNR.

Sometimes, this is collected by volunteers and students who may carry out bat roost counts, butterfly transects, bumblebee surveys or dormouse monitoring.

From February 2013, a team of volunteers have been carrying out weekly surveys of the biodiversity that they encounter around the Garden. To read a blog about this, follow this link. If you’d like to take part, contact colin_miles@talktalk.net.

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Other times, we welcome visits by  professional ecologists who have carried out surveys of lower plants, grassland fungi and habitat mapping.

We’re always keen to hear from volunteers who can help us carry out surveys and manage our biodiversity database. If you think you can help, please contact natasha.devere@gardenofwales.org.uk .

As an active member of the Carmarthenshire Biodiversity Partnership, much of this work feeds into Carmarthenshire’s and Wales’ Biodiversity Action Plan.  These plans, which set targets and guidelines about conserving Wales’s most endangered species and habitats, influence the way we manage our land, especially on Waun Las NNR.

Due to our wonderful grassland fungi meadow on Waun Las NNR, we’ve helped set up the Carmarthenshire Fungi Group. This has a dedicated website that tells you all about fungi in the county. We are taking part in an initiative to conserve grassland fungi in Carmarthenshire’s cemeteries. If you know of any cemeteries in the county which might be good for fungi, please let us know by contact Bruce Langridge on bruce.langridge@gardenofwales.org.uk