Could your business help save a rare bee – by networking?

The Shrill Carder Bee

Gwent Wildlife Trust has set up a networking event for businesses, to help companies make useful contacts while boosting its coffers. It’s also encouraging companies to become corporate members.

Networking In Nature will be staged at Magor Marsh Reserve between 4pm and 5.30pm on April 21. The cost is £10 per person, though it is free for Gwent Wildlife Trust member businesses.

As well as the usual opportunity to network, and a chance to find out about the important work of the trust, those attending will be given light refreshments and a guided nature walk.

The trust’s corporate members include Tata Steel, Cogent, Advanced Elastomer Systems, General Dynamics, International Rectifier, Solutia, Marshall’s Newport, Ancre Hill Vineyard, DS Smith Triwall, Frank Sutton, and Mandarin Stone.

Its corporate memberships start at £250 plus VAT, which entitles members to benefits like  acknowledgement in the magazine Wild About Gwent, and on the GWT website, invitations to talks, and volunteering opportunities. There are silver packages at £500 plus VAT, gold membership packages at £1,000 plus VAT, and platinum membership is at £2.000 plus VAT. Gold and platinum memberships include some staff discount tickets for GWT events. For the full details see here.

The trust works to restore “living landscapes” – areas of high quality wildlife habitat – protects local wildlife, and campaigns on wildlife and environmental issues across Gwent.

It runs externally-funded projects including the reintroduction of European water voles to the Gwent Levels, charcoal production at Croes Robert Reserve near Monmouth, and a project with farmers, landowners, and conservationists to save the Shrill Carder Bee, a tiny bee smaller than a thumbnail which is now only found in half a dozen sites in the UK. It’s vital to prevent the Shrill Carder Bee’s extinction – the loss of one bee species can lead to the loss of more in a domino effect, conservationists say, hitting plant pollination.

The trust’s People and Wildlife Project, based in Ebbw Vale and set up with a Big Lottery grant, is also helping to discover the wildlife on their doorstep in places like the Silent Valley Nature Reserve.

To book your place at the Magor Marsh networking session, call 02921 111 232, or book online at

Maria Williams is a copywriter, professional blogger, and PR for small businesses at



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