Did you know that if you play the National Lottery then you’re helping to save nature every time you buy a ticket?  That’s why we’re saying a big #ThanksToYou for your funding support by offering free parking at RSPB Newport Wetlands if you bring along a Lottery ticket from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th December.

The National Lottery players raise, on average, £30 million each week for projects all over the country.  Wales has some incredible natural wildlife heritage, which in turn have many cultural and historic links, all of which the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) can support.  In fact, the Heritage Lottery Fund is currently supporting The Living Levels Landscape Partnership (LLLP).  This is a programme of work to promote and reconnect people to the heritage, wildlife and wild beauty of the historic landscape of the Gwent Levels.

#Thanks To You, one of the projects within the programme called ‘The Gwent Levels Revealed,’ will provide some really exciting new exhibits and features at the Newport Wetlands Environmental Education and Visitor Centre.  These will showcase the fascinating ways the Gwent Levels landscape have been created and maintained throughout the ages from early occupation through Roman reclamation to modern times. The key interpretation piece will be based on a relief model of a typical area of Gwent Levels landscape showing the intricacies of the historic drainage system and sea defences and their key role in maintaining the habitats and landscape which survives today.

Funding will also cover the installation of new cameras and digital equipment to show how the unique landscape supports a variety of rare and nationally important wildlife. Many species are ‘hidden away’ either in the waterways or reedbeds leading people to think there is nothing there! Our cameras will capture some of this hidden life and help show visitors the diversity of wildlife that the Gwent Levels harbours.

Draft design of model, timeline and lectern by Urban Arts