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:

  • 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 ...
  • Twenty year celebration for Rhos Cefn Bryn DWT mag cover April 95A quick peek back at newsletters from Dyfed Wildlife Trust twenty years ago reminded us that we should be celebrating the anniversary of our acquisition of Rhos Cefn Bryn, in Carmarthenshire. Here we will reproduce the original announcement in the spring 1995 edition of the Trust’s magazine. Today, Rhos Cefn Bryn is managed by our ...
  • Water Vole Release Victory in Carmarthenshire! Water vole releaseOn a beautiful sunny morning in May ourselves, Natural Resources Wales and a team of dedicated volunteers carried out the exciting second phase of the Water Vole release project at Ffrwd Farm Nature Reserve, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire. Approximately 180 Water Voles were released under phase two. Our own Dr Lizzie Wilberforce said, ‘Water Voles are Wales’ fastest ...
  • 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, ...