Carmarthenshire

Dinefwr Castle by Vaughn Matthews

Dinefwr Castle by Vaughn Matthews

Carmarthenshire has 13 nature reserves which we manage with volunteers guided by the Wildlife Trust Officer Becca Killa. There is also a regular programme of voluntary workparties- contact Becca for more details on r.killa@welshwildlife.org or 07970 780558.

The reserves include the stunning Castle Woods Nature Reserve in Llandeilo, this ancient woodland resonates with history, the understory is full of bluebells and wild garlic in spring and as it name implies it also includes our very own castle, standing majestically on the hill top. You can follow this lovely reserve on Twitter as it changes through the seasons – @Dinefwr_Castle

Also in Carmarthenshire we have the beautiful Poor Man’s Wood or Gallt y Tlodion on the eastern edge of the county, another stunning woodland in Llandovery which is full of spring flowers and a magical place to visit.

Our newest reserve in the area is Carmel Nature Reserve, we are currently raising funds to work on this nationally important reserve which has a mosaic of habitats and has recently had dormice recorded in its woodlands.

Carmarthenshire News:

  • Scything Bracken and Pulling Ragwort ragwort close up L MaidenThe Carmarthenshire volunteer group has spent most of the summer months battling some of our more competitive and successful plants, both native and non native. We have been repeatedly scything bracken in areas of Carmel where rolling is impossible, in an attempt to weaken it at it’s rhizome. At Castle Woods we have been pulling the incredibly ...
  • New Wild Sculptures Woodland Sculptures CarmelThe volunteer group has spent several days pulling the invasive Himalayan Balsam plant at Castle Woods. This is a particularly invasive non native species that is causing significant problems by out-competing our own native flora. Unfortunately it spreads easily along water courses, and when the Towy floods each winter, flood waters bring balsam seed up ...
  • Wonderful Water Voles and more Carmarthenshire news New steps at Castle WoodsGood news for our Water Voles at Ffrwd Farm Mire! Ffrwd is our wetland reserve near Kidwelly, which received over 200 captive bred water voles last summer as part of a project to increase the range of the Llanelli population. After a quiet winter, when the water vole is fairly inactive, there have been lots of ...
  • Pine Martins an ally for our mid Wales Red Squirrels? Pine Marten by Karl FranzThe Vincent Wildlife Trust is hoping to boost mid-Wales’ struggling pine marten population by bringing a small but significant number of martens from Scotland. Charismatic, elusive and running out of time; this native Welsh mammal, bele’r coed, has all but disappeared from the Welsh landscape. Once widespread throughout Britain, the pine marten’s historical decline began with forest ...
  • Polecat at Ffrwd Farm Mire reserve Frwd Farm harvesting reed B KillaWe have caught some exciting footage in a camera trap set up at Ffrwd Farm Mire reserve, our wetland reserve near Kidwelly. The motion sensor camera was set up to monitor for mink as part of our mink control programme, an important aspect supporting the NRW lead ‘water vole project’. Through this over 100 water voles ...
  • Hedgerows and Service Trees Snowdrops at Llandyfeisant churchyardThe regular Carmarthenshire work party has spent most of the volunteer days since Christmas burning brash that has been left from the hedgelaying contractor at Carmel National Nature Reserve. This has been a slow task, exacerbated by a need to protect the species rich grassland at Carmel. We have been burning the brash on metal sheets, ...
  • Play your part in the bovine TB eradication programme Badger roadkill Apr 09 by L WilberforceWe need your help. As part of a Welsh Government programme to learn more about bovine TB infection in our badger population they have commissioned an All Wales badger found dead survey. All you have to do is report any dead badgers you find either as road traffic accidents or otherwise in the countryside. WTSWW is ...
  • Door to Door Recruiters – Across South & West Wales Help us build a better future, photo by Zsuzsanna BirdLooking to supplement your income or pension? Wanting to work flexible hours? We welcome applications from all ages to our brilliant membership team. Location: Across south and west Wales Hours: 12-15 per week. Permanent, seasonal. Subject to completion of a probationary period. The role: We are looking for people to join our membership recruiting team to spread the ...
  • Hedgerows and Wild Service Trees in Carmarthenshire Carmel hedge laying the Breconshire StyleFrequent travellers along the A476, Crosshands to Llandeilo road could not have failed to notice the large amount of laid hedge there is now at Carmel National Nature Reserve. We have employed a local contractor to lay over 1 Km of mature roadside hedge. The contractor has employed 2 different styles to hedge laying that reflects ...
  • Red Squirrels – in Rhandirmwyn One Day? Red Squirrel by Graham EatonIn an exciting new development, Welsh Government funding has been awarded to us helping support community action across the red squirrel focal area. The funding from Environment Wales, a partnership in the voluntary sector that supports voluntary action to protect and improve the environment, has enabled  WTSWW to roll out a Trap Loan Scheme on behalf of ...
  • Marsh Pea and Wax Caps in Carmarthenshire Wax cap in CarmarthenshireWith the discovery of marsh pea in an area of Ffrwd Farm Mire where it had been previously unrecorded, we set about trying to manage for it. There are only two places in Wales where marsh pea occurs naturally. It likes the interface between the reedswamp, fen and marshy grassland. Therefore without management, it is in ...
  • Water Voles, Marsh Fritillaries and Harvest Mice Opening up ponds at Cors GochThis past month has been particularly pleasant with continually good weather and exciting wildlife in Carmarthenshire. Starting in early August we had our water vole release at Ffrwd Farm Mire Nature reserve. At Ffrwd there are historical records for water vole at the site, but sadly none for many years. The habitat is ideal for them ...