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Gwent Wildlife Trust and the Gwent Levels

In December 2018 Charlie Moores – along with several hundred protesters – gathered outside the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff Bay, for a protest against a proposed 20km or 14 mile long extension to the M4 motorway, the main road connecting South Wales and London. This new road will slice through the Gwent Levels – and five SSSis and a Special Area of Conservation – south of the city of Newport. The protest was organised by CALM – the Campaign against the Levels Motorway, a coalition of mainly local groups. One of the people Charlie spoke with outside the Senedd that day was Ian Rappel, chief-executive of Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT). Ian suggested Charlie visit the Trusts’ Magor Marsh Reserve, to see for himself how the reserve might be damaged by the new road. In the following January Charlie spent a fascinating day looking at the Gwent Levels and then at Magor Marsh with Ian and GWT’s deputy CEO Gemma Bode. Photo copyright Gwent Wildlife Trust