Sculpture Festival now in its 15th year with Free Environmental Art workshops. Join a team of professional artists to create a display of temporary sculptures that inspire, inform and educate on Swansea and Gower’s beautiful beaches. Learn new art skills and techniques.
(Credits to Phil Holden Photography /SBS UK)
Please bring buckets and spades, hats and sunscreen. Also follow our sculpture trail entitled Sculpture on the Coast along the coastal path between Mumbles and Rhossili which links in with all the beach workshops. Five site specific way-marking sculptures have been created especially for the trail and there is an interactive quiz to find out more about beautiful Gower through the art pieces. See our website for further details
(Credits to Phil Holden Photography /SBS UK)
The aim of Art and Education by the Sea is to educate and inspire children and communities through environmental art, giving them the opportunity to enjoy and take care of special places such as local beaches and natural spaces in a positive way we aim to show participants how to become more creative in their lives and more resourceful by creating sculpture and art from natural materials.
Each year of the festival participants of all ages and abilities are enriched by this opportunity to experience and create art which is the poetry of life. We aim to bring art out of the gallery into the heart of the community for everyone to enjoy at our beautiful beaches. The festival benefits both people and place by providing healthy mind and body activities that stimulate and inspire, enhancing creativity and well-being, as well as educating people about the environment.
The festival is sponsored by Mumbles Community Council, City and County of Swansea and local businesses.
(Credits to Phil Holden Photography /SBS UK)
Mumbles Hill Volunteer Day
A request from Sean Hathaway, the Environment Officer at Swansea Council, for any available volunteers to help at the Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve on 12 April 2019, collecting litter and clearing back some scrub and trees.
All tools, gloves etc will be provided and any time you can spare would be much appreciated.
Meet us in the meadow inside the gate on Thistleboon Drive from 10am.
You can park on Plunch Lane, Bracelet bay car park (charge), there are a few spaces on Thistleboon Drive and some in the meadow itself.
See you there!
Here is some information about the harm that can be done to both people and gulls by feeding them inappropriately. Please remember though – while some species of gull are prevalent, others are in decline and are more highly protected. It is illegal to harm any wild bird, damage their nests or destroy their eggs. We live by the sea so must expect there to be seagulls, but stopping feeding them will encourage them to remain in their natural habitat and have a natural diet which will make life more pleasant for both people and gulls.
TEN reasons not to feed SEAGULLS
- Feeding gulls can lead to an increase in the number of rats. In 2017, Swansea was ranked the 6th most rat infested area in Britain (with 3,121 call-outs, 13.06 per 1,000 people) and pest control company (Pest Professionals) warns “…we see rat populations explode near to where people leave out a lot of bird food, especially if it’s on the ground”;
- HEALTH. Gulls are “the new public health risk” (as reported by the BBC in 2004). The rise in the urban gull population is increasing the risks of e-coli, salmonella and botulism. And gulls could soon be more of a pest in urban Britain than rats – a warning given at the first (2003) National Conference on the problems caused by urban gulls;
- NUMBERS. Gulls can live for 40 years, can breed for 25 years and they and their offspring will return to the same nesting site. In South Wales, the urban gull population is increasing at a staggering 16% annually and is set to increase four-fold over the next Peter Rock (an avian expert involved in international gull research since 1980 and the author of several scientific papers on the subject) warns that once a pair gains a foothold, problems will spiral. There is already a growing gull colony in Mayals – please don’t be mistaken to think that you won’t be affected if you are not already;
- Noise is by far the greatest nuisance factor cited by Peter Rock. He advises that gulls’ screeching typically begins at 4 o’clock in the morning and is impossible to sleep through. When regularly fed they also become tamed and will start to repeatedly call for food during the day too. Many Mayals residents experienced both last year;
- Mess is the second most unpleasant nuisance cited by Peter Rock. In a 2011 Commons debate, it was recognised that gulls have the ability to expel significant quantities of runny faeces on the wing, which makes it difficult for residents to enjoy their gardens; and their washing, windows, cars and garden furniture is continually fouled;
- Damage to property is the third biggest problem cited by Peter Rock. He advises that gulls will destroy insulation, air conditioning, will pull up exposed roofing felt and will even pull away lead flashing. Other damage includes blockages to rain water gutters, down pipes and even gas flues;
- PROPERTY PRICE. Gulls nesting near or on your property will undoubtedly affect the value and/or saleability of your home and the cost to gull-proof your property can be significant;
- ATTACKS. To date there have already been two reported deaths in the UK. The Guardian reported in 2013 that “pensioners have been hospitalised, knocked to the ground, breaking bones. Small dogs have bled to death, children’s lips been sliced open, and an elderly man died of a heart attack following a particularly vicious assault in his back garden.” Urban gulls also attack and will feed on garden birds; so when gulls move in, small garden birds are driven out;
- FINES. If someone refuses to stop feeding the gulls to the detriment of the quality of life of other residents, then Local Authorities have the power to issue a Community Protection Notice and fine a person if they breach that Notice – Conwy Council exercised this power in 2015; and
- HARM TO GULLS. Both the RSPB and RSPCA warn that feeding gulls will not only lead to attacks but feeding them birds an un-natural, high calorific, low nutritional diet is detrimental to their health as it can lead to long-term health problems and incurable syndromes such as “Angel Wing”.
Peter Rock advises that the only way to control the number of gulls is to control their food source. So for the sake of the safety, health and well-being of our community, we must not encourage them by feeding them and please make your local Councillors or Ward Councillor aware of any cases.
🚨Scams Alert Live – 5th March 2019🚨
“We have once again had reports that Swansea residents are being contacted by phone from SCAMMERS making out to be from HMRC and informing them that they owe money. They will either ask for payment by card or instruct the person to go and purchase iTunes cards and email the codes to the scammers. The scammer will instruct the victim to lie to the store if they are questioned why they are purchasing large amounts of iTunes cards, sometimes to the amount of £1500 a time.
We have visited most of the large supermarkets who sell iTunes cards informing them of this scam and thankfully these visits have paid off with the stores stopping the sales and informing the purchaser of the scam.
I would be grateful if you would cascade this information via your organisations.
Should you require any additional information please don’t hesitate to contact me,
Enforcement Officer Trading Standards
☎️ 01792 635600 | 07773645484
Application No. 2018/2634/FUL
The Mumbles Community Council Planning Committee met on 18 February 2019 and considered the application for 33 dwelling on land off Higher Lane.
The Committee voted unanimously to object to the application on the following grounds
1. Access and egress to the site is difficult and the development will generate significantly increased traffic with the road network will not be able to cope with.
2. The development has poor access to services and facilities, including schools which is likely to generate increased car use which will be harmful to the environment and not support sustainability.
3. The proposed development will be an over development and over intensification of the site. The development would be contrary to the National Policy that a ‘major development’ should not be permitted in an AONB.
4. The development will have a significant impact on the AONB and would not preserve or enhance the natural beauty of the AONB.
5. The need for affordable housing should not be permitted at the expense of the need to preserve the AONB.
6. The development will have a considerable impact on the enjoyment of the residents, wider community and tourists using the right of way through the site.
7. There would be a loss of the Best and Most Versatile land which should be protected unless an over-riding need to develop the land can be established.
8. Alternative sites are available for development so the need to develop this site is not proven.