The Community of Old St. Mellons
Welcomes Everyone to the
Garden Party at Ty’r Winch Playing Fields
to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
on Friday 3rd June from 10am – 10pm
Facts about swifts
Swifts are beautiful and amazing birds. They are black, with long swept-back wings in the shape of a sickle or scythe. Although they look superficially like house martins and swallows, they are not related to either species. Swifts are aerial masters and can fly up to an altitude of 6,000 metres. They feed and drink (water droplets in clouds), sleep, and even mate on the wing, only landing to breed.
Swifts come to Britain during the summer, arriving in May and departing during August to spend the winter in Africa. Whilst here, they breed. Traditionally, this would have been in caves, on cliffs, even in tree cavities. However, these nesting sites are rare, so swifts have taken to nesting in buildings. During the summer months, swifts can be seen flying above many of our towns and villages, particularly when they form what are know as ‘screaming parties’ where groups of birds chase each other at high speed. The sight and sound of these parties is a quintessential element of our summers. But, swifts are under threat!
Swifts, nest in colonies predominantly in pre-1944 buildings, church spires and towers. They can nest in eaves, in holes around pipes, behind worn and missing masonry, and under loose or missing roof tiles. All these sites are at least 5 metres from the ground with a clear flight path for the birds to fly directly to the entrance. Access to the nest is usually small; typically 35mm deep and 65mm wide. In houses, nests are usually situated just inside the outer wall, behind the soffit board; rarely in the main loft space. Swift nests are clean, using very little material, which is glued together by the bird’s saliva.
The threats to swifts
Modern architecture, building regulations and techniques deny swifts access to potential breeding sites. The demolition and renovation, particularly the re-roofing, of old buildings, also denies them nesting sites. Worse still, most roofing work takes place during the summer, destroying nests and young, despite the fact that they are protected by law (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended). As a consequence, it is estimated that the British population of swifts has declined by 60%.
Why should we care
The government has identified the diversity of our bird life as one of its Quality of Life Indicators.
Local authorities have a responsibility to maintain and enhance the biodiversity of their areas. Therefore, planners, architects and builders have a special responsibility to protect the natural world. Swifts are a vulnerable urban species that can benefit from considerate development works. Minor low-cost initiatives in building design will ensure that swifts have a future in our towns and villages.
How to help swifts
Normal Building Regulations, Planning Laws and Listed Building Consents will need to be satisfied.
Roofing and soffit board work:
Not all buildings will have swifts. However, for those that do, it would be illegal to intentionally damage or destroy the nests of swifts whilst they are in use. It is essential therefore, that roofing and soffit work is not carried out during the period between 1st May to the end of August; a period of just 17 weeks or one-third of the total year.
Providing new nest sites:
Nesting sites must never be situated in strong sunlight. Therefore, ideal locations for nest sites are on the north, north-east and north-west sides of buildings.
- Plywood nest boxes, made from WBP 12mm plywood, can be fixed externally under the eaves. This is a cheap alternative when an internal solution is not possible. The boxes can also be fitted just inside the eaves, with a suitable entry hole accessible from beneath.
- Internal ventilated plywood partitions (30-40cm) can be installed inside the eaves, with an open ventilation gap.
- Swift ‘nest bricks’ (woodcrete) can be installed in the fabric/brickwork of a building (see Useful Information below).
Offices, apartments, factories, warehouses and utility buildings
Swift ‘nest bricks’ (woodcrete) can be installed in the fabric/brickwork of a building.
- Two-storey surface-mounted woodcrete nest boxes can be fitted to an outer wall at roof-level on plant rooms and air conditioning units.
- Nest sites can be built into ventilation turrets with swifts gaining access through the louvres.
- Church towers and spires offer swifts (and bats and owls) safe nesting sites. This can be achieved by allowing access through existing ventilation slits, louvres and hoods to self-contained nesting areas kept separate from the rest of the interior.
Nest bricks for buildings; model N25. Order code A02044
Swift box (mimics bell tower louvres) No. 16 (single or double), plus nest mould
Swift box No. 18 suitable for fixing under eaves. Order code A02041A
Please find attached Keep Wales Safe campaign material reminding people of the recent changes to testing requirements and self-isolation.
How the 5 day isolation rule works
Wedi profi'n bositif am coronafeirws?
Dyma beth i'w wneud 👇
Tested positive for coronavirus?
Here’s what to do 👇
Changes to Testing requirements
Wedi profi’n bositif am COVID-19?
5 diwrnod llawn yw’r cyfnod hunanynysu nawr.
Cofiwch gofnodi pob canlyniad. Mae rhoi gwybod i ni am eich canlyniadau, yr un mor bwysig â gwneud y profion.
Cofnodwch eich canlyniadau yma 👇neu drwy ffonio 119.
Tested positive for COVID-19?
We’ve reduced the self-isolation period to 5 full days.
Don’t forget to record your results. It’s as important to report your results, as it is to take a regular lateral flow tests.
Register your results here 👇or by calling 119.
New pop up recycling facility to be trialled in north Cardiff
A new, mobile-recycling facility is coming to north Cardiff. The pop-up facility, which will be available at different venues on different dates, is designed to help residents recycle larger household items closer to their homes.
The first pop-up facility will open at the former tax offices in Parc Ty Glas on Saturday March 5thbetween 9am and 3pm. It will return each Saturday - dependent on demand - for eight weeks. More information on the service, and other venues once added, will be publicised through the council's social media channels.
Residents can drop off their recycling without booking an appointment, but they will have to show proof of address that they live in Cardiff in order to use the facilities.
Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling said: "We are keen to explore options which will make it easier for people to recycle. The first of these mobile events will take place in north Cardiff and if the scheme is successful, we will be looking at how we might expand the service to other suitable sites across the city."
Residents will be able to recycle the following items at Ty Glas:
- Books, CD's and DVD's
- Textiles and clothes
- Household batteries
- Hard plastic
- Scrap metal
- Garden waste
- Wood and timber
- Small electricals
As this is a temporary facility certain items, which are classed as ‘hazardous waste', or are too large to transport easily cannot be recycled at this site.
Residents should not bring items like these to the pop-up:
- Car batteries
- Bulbs and lighting
- Gas bottles
- White Goods
- Tv monitors and screens
- Large domestic appliances.
If residents need to recycle this type of waste they should book an appointment at either Lamby Way or Bessemer Close recycling centre.
In line with the council's policy at all recycling centres, mixed black bag (general) waste will not be accepted at this facility.
Cllr Michael added: "From February 14th, recycling facilities will also be provided at five hubs across the city including Grangetown; Llanedeyrn; St Mellons, Whitchurch and Ely & Caerau. Residents will be able to recycle books, CD's and DVD's; small electricals; Tetra Packs, print cartridges and household batteries at these hubs. We hope that these local facilities will help residents, that don't have access to a car, to recycle their additional waste that isn't collected at the kerbside.
"If they prove successful, similar facilities will be rolled out to all hubs across the city. If we all work together and recycle as much of our waste as possible, we can continue to be the best recycling core city in the UK and aim to become the best in the world."
The new pop up recycling centres are temporary and mobile, so they do not require planning permission or an environmental permit.
These additional recycling facilities are for household waste only, so vans will not be permitted on site.
A number of new assets to support mental wellbeing, with the aim of reminding people of the simple changes they can make to look after their health this winter and subsequently help the NHS. The key messages we’re promoting are:
- It is important to look after your mental wellbeing.
- Good sleep, a chat with friends and having some “me time” can all help with your wellbeing
- If you are feeling really low or anxious, you don’t need to struggle alone. The CALL helpline is available on 0800 132 737 or text ‘help’ to 81066.
Suggested social media posts that cover the key messages are attached.
The new (bilingual) Mental Wellbeing videos, animations and gifs are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/taupyvo2dxikivz/AACFhkAoxjBPW_LNLd-QcD7ha?dl=0
The folder includes:
- Wellbeing TV Advert made for social
- A series of GIFs that help you to promote specific messages including:
- Top 5 tips to improve your mental health
- Gifs on sleep, a chat with friends and having me time, with a CTA to CALL 24 if more support is needed
We would really appreciate your support in sharing these via your available communication channels to aid people’s understanding of how they can keep themselves well this winter.
We also really appreciate your support to date sharing the Keep Wales Safe -Disrupt the Transmission-key messages. Please find attached the vaccination and testing still. If you can share these messages over the coming weeks that would be much appreciated.
We’ve also provided some suggested copy to accompany these below:
Prawf llif unffordd positif, negatif neu annilys? Cofiwch gofnodi pob canlyniad.
Mae rhoi gwybod i ni am eich canlyniadau, yr un mor bwysig â gwneud y profion.
Cofnodwch eich canlyniadau yma 👇 neu drwy ffonio 119 #DiogeluCymru
Positive, negative or void lateral flow test? Don’t forget to record your results.
It’s as important to let us know your results, as it is to take a regular lateral flow tests.
Register your results here 👇or by calling 119 #KeepWalesSafe
Nid yw hi byth rhy hwyr i gael eich brechiad 1af, 2il neu eich dos atgyfnerthu.
Mae'n haws nag erioed i chi amddiffyn eich hun - mae canolfannau brechu galw heibio ar agor.
Cysylltwch â'ch bwrdd iechyd lleol heddiw #DiogeluCymru
It’s never too late to get your 1st, 2nd or booster vaccination.
It's easier than ever to protect yourself - walk-in sessions are now available.
Check with your local health board today #KeepWalesSafe
The Help us, Help You campaign continues over this festive period, and is aimed at reminding people how else they can access care in the right place for their needs and asks people to behave responsibly and consider other options for care to get the right treatment, first time.
This week we are sharing assets providing advice on basic first aid, pharmacy access, other vaccines and tips on self care over the Christmas period. Please find these in the link below and copy text to accompany them:
First aid kit animation
Keep well this winter by being prepared ❄️
Cadwch yn iach y gaeaf hwn drwy fod yn barod ❄️
Got a minor health concern like a sore throat? 🤧
Oes gennych chi fân anhwylder iechyd fel dolur gwddf? 🤧
All vaccines message animation
Keep well this winter by making sure you get your COVID-19, flu or other vaccinations when they’re offered to you💉
Cadwch yn iach y gaeaf hwn drwy sicrhau eich bod yn cael eich brechiadau COVID-19, ffliw neu frechiadau eraill pan gânt eu cynnig i chi💉
Self care tips – Christmas / bank holiday ENG
During the Christmas holidays make sure you’re helping to ease the strain on the NHS
With the bank holiday weekend approaching make sure you’re helping to ease the strain on the NHS
Self care tips – Christmas / bank holiday CYM
Cofiwch helpu i leddfu'r straen ar y GIG dros gyfnod y Nadolig.
Cofiwch helpu i leddfu'r straen ar y GIG dros Ŵyl y Banc
We hope you have a Merry Christmas and New Year.
Please see attached and below new Keep Wales Safe campaign assets focusing on the importance of mask wearing, the self-isolation changes for the Omicron variant and the importance of lateral flow testing to protect others this Christmas.
Yng Nghymru, os ydych wedi bod mewn cysylltiad agos â rhywun sydd ag amrywiolyn Omicron, rhaid i chi hunanynysu am 10 diwrnod beth bynnag fo'ch oedran neu statws brechu.
Bydd swyddog olrhain yn cysylltu os yw hyn yn berthnasol i chi ac os oes angen hunanynysu.
In Wales, if you've been in close contact with someone who has the Omicron COVID-19 variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days regardless of your age or vaccination status.
Contact tracers will get in touch if this applies to you and if you need to self-isolate.
Os ydyn ni'n dal ati i wneud y pethau cywir, gallwn ddiogelu ein gilydd.
Gwisgwch fasg, ewch i gael eich brechu, ewch am brawf a hunanynysu i ddiogelu pobl o'ch cwmpas a Thorri Trosglwyddiad COVID-19.
Diogelu Cymru gyda'n gilydd.
'The more we keep on doing the right thing, the more we'll protect each other.
Wear a mask, get vaccinated, get tested and self-isolate to protect those around you and Disrupt the Transmission of COVID-19.
Together, we'll Keep Wales Safe.
Link to video available to download and share: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5quwmibz5lstd87/AACKy7n2UZACsvEyQzjvG19Oa?dl=0
Lateral flow test -protect others this Christmas (Static image attached)
Mae'r amrywiolyn Omicron yn risg sylweddol.
Rhaid inni wneud popeth y gallwn i ddiogelu Cymru.
Ewch am eich pigiad atgyfnerthu, gwisgwch fasg, cymerwch brawf llif unffordd cyn cwrdd ag eraill ac os oes gennych unrhyw symptomau, ewch am brawf PCR.
The Omicron variant poses a significant risk.
We must continue to do everything we can to keep Wales safe.
Please get your booster, wear a mask, take a lateral flow test before meeting others and if you have any symptoms, get a PCR test.
This week we’re sharing some of the key Keep Wales Safe messages, including a reminder of the protective behaviours we should be following. We can all help to stop the spread of COVID-19 even if we’ve been vaccinated by following this guidance.
Please find attached static images as well as a short animation video to share via your available communication channels here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sqnzcp4h21smk8k/AABTLkSNeLPBZ6Lzh5uodaaRa?dl=0
Some suggested copy to accompany these materials is provided below along with the hashtag #KeepWalesSafe:
Open windows/ Ventilation video:
Gallwn ddal ati i atal y lledaeniad COVID-19, hyd yn oed ar ôl cael y brechlyn.
Bydd gadael awyr iach i mewn i'ch cartref, swyddfa neu ofod busnes yn helpu i leihau lledaeniad y firws a #DiogeluCymru
We can still help to stop the spread of COVID-19 even if we've been vaccinated.
Letting fresh air in to your home, office or business space will help reduce the spread of the virus and #KeepWalesSafe.
Test/Self isolate white flow chart graphic
Os ydych chi'n oedolyn wedi'i frechu'n llawn neu 5-17 oed, a bod gan rywun yn eich cartref COVID, rhaid hunanynysu nes i chi gael PCR negatif. Heb frechu'n llawn? Rhaid hunanynysu am 10 diwrnod. Darllenwch y canllawiau a bwciwch brawf yma 👇
If you're a fully vaccinated adult or a child over 5, and someone in your household has COVID, you must isolate until you get a negative PCR. Not vaccinated? You must self-isolate for 10 days. You can read the full guidance and book a test here 👇
Current guidance – teal graphic
Wrth i'r coronafeirws barhau i ledaenu, cofiwch bod rhai mesurau’n parhau i fod ar waith i helpu i gadw pawb yn ddiogel.
Mae gwisgo mwgwd dal yn ofyniad cyfreithiol yn y rhan fwyaf o fannau cyhoeddus dan do, heblaw am y rhai sydd wedi'u heithrio. 👇
As coronavirus continues to spread, please remember some protections remain in place in Wales to help keep us and our communities safe.
Many thanks for your ongoing support to Keep Wales Safe.
We’re back having taken a short break to refocus the Keep Wales Safe and Help Us Help You campaigns. The next few weeks are vital for us to stay at alert level zero, to keep Wales safe and open through the autumn and winter, given the rise in Coronavirus cases across the country.
From today (15th November) in Wales we will all need to show our vaccination status or recent negative lateral flow result to get into cinemas, concert halls, theatres, nightclubs and large events.
We have attached some static images highlighting this important update and also included a video below:
We have also included some suggested copy to accompany these materials below and would be extremely grateful if you could share via your available communication channels, using the hashtag #KeepWalesSafe
Covid Pass update - Accompanying copy:
Welsh: Rhaid dangos eich statws brechu neu ganlyniad negatif prawf llif unffordd i fynd i sinemâu, neuaddau cyngerdd a theatrau. Gallwch ddefnyddio Pàs Covid y GIG i ddangos y rhain,
tecst/e-bost gyda chanlyniad eich prawf. Cael eich Pàs yma
English: You need to show you’re fully vaccinated or a recent negative lateral flow test result to go to a cinema, theatre or concert hall. You can do this using an NHS Covid Pass or an
email/text of your lateral flow test result. Get a Pass here
Please also find attached some of the latest images and animations from the Help Us Help You Campaign on how we can all make small steps to become healthier, along with suggested copy to accompany. We would be really grateful if you could also share these via your available channels, adding the hashtag #HelpUsHelpYou or ##HelpuNiHelpuChi
Healthy Wales – Help Us Help You
Suggested copy 1
Rydyn ni’n gwybod ei bod yn anodd newid ein deiet a’n ffordd o fyw i fod yn iachach, ond mae newidiadau bach yn haws eu gwneud a’u cynnal.
Pa gamau allwch chi eu cymryd heddiw? Chwiliwch GIG 111 Cymru i ddod o hyd i gymorth a chefnogaeth sy’n lleol i chi.
We know it can seem hard to make changes to our diet and lifestyle to be healthier, but small changes are easier to make and maintain.
What steps can you take today? Search NHS 111 Wales to find help and support nearest you
Suggested copy 2
Mae camau bach y gallwn ni i gyd eu cymryd i ddod yn fwy iach
Mae gennym ni'r offer i’ch helpu, ewch i 111 GIG Cymru i gael cyngor a chefnogaeth
There are small steps we can all take to become healthier
We have the tools to support you, visit NHS 111 Wales for advice and support
Mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru wedi cyhoeddi cyfres o ffeithluniau sy'n tynnu sylw at bwysigrwydd effaith newid yn yr hinsawdd ar iechyd a llesiant poblogaeth Cymru, ac i gefnogi cyrff cyhoeddus a busnesau i gymryd camau i fynd i'r afael ag unrhyw effeithiau.
Wedi'i lansio i gyd-fynd â Chynhadledd y Partïon 26 (COP26), mae'r ffeithluniau'n canolbwyntio ar y berthynas rhwng yr amgylchedd naturiol ac iechyd, y grwpiau poblogaeth yr effeithir arnynt a rhai o effeithiau allweddol iechyd a llesiant newid yn yr hinsawdd a'r grwpiau poblogaeth hynny y gellid effeithio arnynt.
Mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru wedi ymrwymo yn ei gynllun hirdymor i weithio gyda'n partneriaid i baratoi ar gyfer effaith ddisgwyliedig ac annisgwyl newid yn yr hinsawdd yng Nghymru ac ymateb i hyn. Fel rhan o’n cyfraniad, mae'r Uned Gymorth Asesu Effaith ar Iechyd (WHIASU) wedi bod yn gweithio gydag asiantaethau partner gan gynnwys Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru, Adfywio Cymru a Llywodraeth Cymru, ar Asesiad o'r Effaith ar Iechyd (HIA) Newid yn yr Hinsawdd yng Nghymru. Mae'r ffeithluniau'n rhan o'r gwaith hwn sy'n mynd rhagddo a'i nod yw sicrhau bod gan sefydliadau a Chyrff Cyhoeddus yng Nghymru y dystiolaeth a'r wybodaeth sydd eu hangen arnynt i gynllunio ar gyfer yr effeithiau iechyd a llesiant ar bobl a chymunedau a ddaw yn sgil newid yn yr hinsawdd ac ymateb hyn.
Gellir eu lawrlwytho yma ynghyd â'r cyfeiriadau a ddefnyddiwyd i greu'r ffeithluniau.
Public Health Wales has published a series of infographics highlighting the importance of climate change impacts on the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales, and to support public bodies and businesses to take action to address any impacts.
Launched to coincide with the Council of Parties 26 (COP26), the infographics focus on the relationships between the natural environment and health, the population groups affected and some of the key health and wellbeing impacts of climate change and those population groups who could be affected.
Public Health Wales (PHW) has committed in its long term plan to work with our partners to prepare for, and respond, to the expected and unexpected impact of climate change in Wales. As part of our contribution, the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) has been working with partner agencies including Natural Resources Wales, Renew Wales and Welsh Government, on a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Climate Change in Wales.
The infographics are part of this work which is ongoing and aims to ensure that organisations and Public Bodies in Wales have the evidence and information they need to plan for and respond to the health and wellbeing impacts on people and communities that climate change will bring.
The infographics can be downloaded here along with the references used to create the infographics.
Annual Ask Cardiff Survey,
The survey tries to capture residents views on many services that the council provides and also allows resident to leave any positive / negative feedback / comments / suggestions.
The links to the survey are below:
Cardiff residents will continue to receive monthly garden waste collections from September 7
Residents in Cardiff will continue to receive monthly garden waste collections from September 7th. Residents are advised to check the council website - www.cardiff.gov.uk/gardenwaste - or the Cardiff Gov app, to find out when their garden waste is going to be collected in each area of the city.
As well as the monthly kerbside garden waste collections, garden waste can continue to be brought to our recycling centres at Lamby Way and Bessemer Close, by booking a slot through the council’s website - www.cardiff.gov.uk/recyclingcentres.
The additional provision for residents to bring their garden waste to the recycling centres will also continue until further notice, and includes:
- Increasing the annual allowance for visits to 30 per household rather than 26
- Increasing the available slots per day from 400 to 570 (up 42.5%);
- Allowing households to make a booking, and visit on the same day where slots are available
- Allowing households to visit up to 3 times per day (this is currently limited to 1) and:
- Increasing our opening times, with last available slots for drop offs at 5.30pm.
These arrangements are in place for all those visiting the recycling centres by car and residents are advised that they need to bring their booking confirmation, along with proof that they are a Cardiff resident, such as a driving licence, and present it to staff on arrival at the site.
Given that Covid cases in Wales are once again on the rise we will continue to monitor the situation and will advise residents of any changes to collection schedules in due course.