The project seeks to adopt the values of Edward Llwyd, Wales' Enlightenment polymath and one time curator of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. We do this, as he did, by marrying the study of nature, history and language but using imaginative and up to date techniques and technology.
The Llên Natur Project first saw the light of day in 2007 after the success of its predecessor Llên y Llysiau ("plant lore").
All the data collected under Llên y Llysiau has been incorporated into the Llên Natur website, thus encompasing the environment in its widest sense.
The Project is the property of all who appreciate its values and anyone can contribute to it, or use its data, provided it is appropriately acknowledged.
The word "llên" (lore) is interpreted in a very loose sense to include any observation in any form about the world around us, past or present. It can be literary, poetic, scientific, it can be in the form of image or spoken word, and should be in the language and form in which it is or was first expressed.
Welsh is the language of the Llên Natur Project and its website, and welcomes contributions in other languages.
We are confident that Prosiect Llên Natur not only reflects the inclusive appreciation of the people of Wales to their environment, but also provides a stimulating resource for those who are learning the language, and an academic resource for all.
Gartref takes you to the home page of the website which includes a sample diary record for this day in some other year (it changes daily), the most recent (in date) diary entry, a sample graph and a sample photograph from the gallery both of which change with each session
Bwletinau Llên Natur takes you to files of all the issues of the Llên Natur bulletin to date
Y Cronfeydd Gwybodaeth (the data bases) lead you to:
Mewnbynnwch wybodaeth i’r gronfa (Input data into the databases). It leads to a menu of 5 data bases as follows:
Tywyddiadur (weather diary) which gives and accepts records based principally on DATE (e.g. particular weather records, including YOUR weather TODAY, phenological records such as flowering and fruiting events, appearances of migratory birds, and any other such events with associated human interest from any period)
Llên y Pethau Byw (the lore of living things) This gives and accepts records based on a species (rhywogaeth).
Llên yr hin This is weather lore, eg “red sky at night, shepherds delight” including the area of origin of records.
Llên y llefydd (place-name lore) Records based on a place name related mainly to the environment , especially those which are historical and not on current maps (eg. field names, rock names etc) with an opportunity to explain obscure meanings.
Llên y creigiau (rock lore) records based on geology and geomorphology and their history
Chwiliwch yn y gronfa (Search the databases) This leads you to the above 5 databases for searching
Dyddiadur (Diary) You will see a three-coloured menu representing a word search (red), a date delimitation (blue) and choices for ordering the data (green). These work in combination.
Searching the remaining four databases involve simple word searches across a number of fields
Llais (voice) This is the Oral History collection. Click the place icon on the map which corresponds to the portrait of the speech subject (if available) and brief biographical information on the speech subject, and then choose from the available speech files.
Oriel (gallery) This is the picture gallery in which you may search for pictures under title or caption content or input your pictures from your own files. It is assumed that most pictures are contributed freely for unrestricted use on condition that the contributor is acknowledged. However you may wish to place additional restrictions on further use of your photograph by asking for it to be labeled DAN HAWLFRAINT (“under copyright”).
Cysylltwch (email us)
Geiriadur Enwau a Thermau (Species name and Terminology Dictionary) Input an English, Welsh or Latin (scientific) name or word to see its equivalent in the other two languages (facility provided in conjunction with Canolfan Bedwyr, University of Wales Banor).
Linciau (links) This gives access to links to relevant websites elsewhere
Graffiau (graphs) These are graphs of the recordings of various Llên Natur Weather Recorders, some of which are updated daily, and some of which are historical data.
Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd The link to our “mother” website, the instigators of the Llên Natur Project