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SNAP - Biodiversity Photographic Competition 2012

Blaenau Gwent Biodiversity Partnership with support from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and the Countryside Council for Wales, are running a Photographic Competition once again this year to celebrate the rich wildlife resource of Blaenau Gwent County Borough.

The aim of the competition is to encourage interest and recording of biodiversity within Blaenau Gwent, and to raise awareness and appreciation of the importance of biodiversity through the use of photography.

In Blaenau Gwent, we are fortunate to have a rich diversity of wildlife and wild places, many of which are of national and international importance, because of their declining status as identified in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan. This contains actions plans on particular habitats and species to reverse their decline.

We want you to go out and look carefully at your local wildlife and take lots of photos, which can be done throughout the year. This may include photos of wild places such as ponds, heathland, moorland, wildflower meadows and ancient woodland.  Or you may prefer to capture a particular species such as a bluebell, lapwing, or other wildlife, which may visit your own garden.
The competition is open to everyone to join from all ages. We hope that as many people as possible will take part to ensure that it is exciting and varied.


  • No black and white photos please

  • Think carefully about the subject matter before taking photo.

  • Make sure photo is in focus and makes the judges wish they'd taken it!

  • Plan ahead and don’t leave it until the last minute! Take photos throughout the year.

  • Practise makes perfect! The more photos you take, the better you’ll get!

  • Choose the best printer possible and use the best quality paper.

  • Pass on your records and report anything unusual (barn owl, red kite etc) to the Biodiversity Team.

  • No need to travel far. Why not photograph wildlife in your own garden. For further information on improving your garden for wildlife contact the Biodiversity Team.



  • 11 Years and Under
  • 12-17 Years
  • 18 Years and Over
  • School Category
  • Winter Wildlife
  • Habitats and Landscapes


 Deadline is Friday 19th October 2012



Go Wild 2012

Once again Blaenau Gwent will be hosting ‘Go Wild’ during Wales Biodiversity Week.

The free family event will be held at Parc Bryn Bach on Saturday 16th June between 11am and 4pm.  There will be an array of activities and games including bird box making, face painting and nature trails as well as many wild animals to meet including the famous short-clawed Asian otters ‘Belinda and Rudi’.  There will also be the chance to learn more about local biodiversity action and how you can get involved.

Go Wild is organised by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council in partnership with Blaenau Gwent Biodiversity Partnership and with sponsorship from the Countryside Council for Wales and the Valleys Regional Park.  It is one of the largest events taking place during Wales Biodiversity Week, all of which aim to promote biodiversity and its conservation.

The event will be taking place at Parc Bryn Bach – one of Blaenau Gwent’s 11 Local Nature Reserves, which have been designated as special place for people and wildlife.

For further information please contact Katie Partington on 01495 355702 or Katie.partington@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk