News | Latest News | Simon Thomas AM visits pine marten project

8th November 2016

Earlier this year, the Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, Simon Thomas, became the ‘Species Champion’ for the pine marten.

The WEL Species Champions initiative asks Assembly Members to lend political support to the protection of Wales’ special and threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions’. The project aims to highlight the incredible diversity of nature in Wales.

The work of Species Champions will be important in ensuring that Wales meets the international target under the Convention on Biological Diversity to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020. It will also help to ensure Wales delivers on the ambitions within the Environment (Wales) Act and the Well-being of Future Generations Act. Species are the key components or building blocks of ecosystems, and are therefore essential to achieving the objective of an ecosystem approach.

Last week, Simon visited our Pine Marten Recovery Project site in mid Wales. He met with our staff and experienced radio-tracking pine martens that were translocated from Scotland to Wales in the autumn of this year.

Simon said: “The restoration of the pine marten to Wales is an important contribution to maintaining Wales’ biodiversity and I am delighted to be the ‘Species Champion’ for this native Welsh mammal.”

We are so pleased to have Simon’s support and look forward to working together to help secure the future of the pine marten in Wales.