Carmarthenshire

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.

Recent highlights 2013:

WTO for Carmarthenshire, Becca Killa

WTO for Carmarthenshire, Becca Killa

One of WTSWW’s flagship reserves lies in Carmarthenshire – Castle Woods, comprising 25 hectares of lowland mixed deciduous woodland of national importance for veteran trees and deadwood invertebrates.

Future work: although much has already been achieved, there is still a great deal of work required to restore these reserves to their best condition for wildlife. Alien and non-native species remain a threat to the native flora and fauna.

Several years of work will be required to remove Himalayan Balsam from Castle Woods, and in Gallt y Tlodion, work is required to promote and protect the best oak specimens- for their own sake and for the sake of the other species they host- from polypody ferns to lichens, breeding pied flycatchers and much more.

Although we have secured some funding towards the work that is required, we still require additional support to achieve our aims of improving these habitats for wildlife.

Castle Woods Llandeilo Photo by Lizzie Wilberforce

Castle Woods Llandeilo Photo by Lizzie Wilberforce

At Cors Goch near Llanllwch, Carmarthen, we have been working hard to restore the bog by controlling invading scrub, and installing infrastructure and a culvert over the main ditch that will make it possible to get livestock for grazing, and machinery, into the site to manage it more effectively.

At Ffrwd Farm Mire near Pembrey, we have installed new fencing to support grazing animals, controlled invading scrub and installed a new boardwalk for visitors in partnership with WREN, NRW and Tir Coed.

  • Fancy becoming one of voluntary wardens? Cliff Woodhead at Coed-y-BedwMany of our nature reserves are lucky enough to benefit from the input of a voluntary warden. Here at WTSWW we manage around ninety sites, and within that, a little over sixty voluntary wardenships. Whilst for some nature reserves a voluntary warden is not a realistic prospect- such as our offshore islands- our mainland reserves ...
  • Help Us Find Ratty Water Vole by Margaret HollandMole’s friend Ratty, the misnamed water vole, has faced some serious threats over the last few decades. Water voles are a protected species but sadly these cute creatures are in decline due to habitat loss and predation by American mink.... Read More » The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales have an exciting new project ...
  • Welcome to Carmarthenshire rake making BeccaStarting my post as Wildlife Trust Officer for Carmarthenshire at the beginning of December I was first struck by how great the Carmarthenshire reserves are. I felt very proud that such special places were going to be in my care. This was closely followed by trepidation; that such special places were going to be in ...
  • Celebrating Christmas in Llandeilo AJs of LlandeiloFor a number of years, WTSWW has been building a strong working relationship with AJ’s Retro Diner in Llandeilo. The owners live immediately adjacent to our flagship Castle Woods nature reserve, and Duncan Olivier is also voluntary warden. Since moving to Llandeilo he has been very supportive of our work, and when he and his ...
  • Dormice at Rhos Cefn Bryn Dormouse monitoring2012 was an exceptionally wet year with above average rain, which made for poor monitoring numbers of dormice recorded for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP).... Read More » Only four adult male, four adult female, one juvenile male and two juvenile female. In June a failed brood of four young greys were found dead in ...
  • Sustaining the wildlife of Llandyfeisant Volunteer raking up "hay"Nestled below our Castle Woods nature reserve at Dinefwr, Llandeilo, is the beautiful and secluded Llandyfeisant Church. For much of its life it depended on the generosity of the family of the estate, and was the family church of the Dynevors. It closed as a parish church in 1961 as numbers attending services from the ...
  • Treasure Island – a swashbuckling family musical Pirate AnticsCome and join us for a day of pirate antics on Sunday 30 June, ranging from BBQs, arts and crafts, theatre workshop and finishing with an outdoor show! Come as a pirate and have some fun!... Read More » The Cambridge Touring Theatre and the Welsh Wildlife Centre join forces for a day of pirate adventures ...