Ceredigion

Emily Foot - Wildlife Trust Officer for Ceredigion

Emily Foot – Wildlife Trust Officer for Ceredigion

Ceredigion has 20 nature reserves which are managed by ourselves. We do this with the help of volunteers who are guided and supported by Em Foot the Wildlife Trust Officer.

Latest Ceredigion News

Ceredigion is home to many beautiful woodlands, including the spectacular upland oak woodland Coed Simdde Lwyd, the ancient semi-natural woodlands of Nanteos, and the wonderfully varied Coed Maidie B Goddard, near Llechryd.

Em Foot, WTO for Ceredigion, has achieved great improvements to these reserves, including significant tree safety works at both Nanteos sites, and hazel coppicing at Old Warren Hill.

Trees have been thinned to promote diversity at Coed Maidie B Goddard, and path improvements undertaken, with new bridges installed.

Coupes have been opened up in Coed Simdde Lwyd to create a more varied structure in the canopy, and create a wider range of habitats. New footpaths have been created as part of a Tir Coed CAN project with assistance from Rathbone Training trainees.

We have had an extremely busy year and for the latest on all the work happening in Ceredigion then please go to the Ceredigion news section below.

 

  • Honeycomb worms – ecosystem engineers Sabellaria close up by Laura MearsAlthough we do not have coral reefs in Welsh waters, there are a number of marine plants and animals whose hard skeletons and tubes form biogenic (living) reefs. The honeycomb worm Sabellaria alveolata is one such species. S.alveolata is a tube-dwelling, filter feeding polychaete worm that forms colonies consisting of thousands or even millions of ...
  • Willow and Birch Birch clearance by Em FootThis month we have been finishing off doing some winter work. At Cors Ian we cleared some small willow and birch from the bog and also cleared some damage caused by the storm. We visited Allt Crug Garn for the first time in several years to cut the birch to allow the heather to grow. ...
  • Snowdrops and Elf Cups Sarcoscypha coccinea Scarlet Elf CupWhat a month weather wise but the Ceredigion volunteers are a hardy lot and work continued despite it! (We did manage a few sunny days!) Thank you all.... Read More » After all the rain it was apparent that the ditch we dug last month at Rhos Pil Bach needed extending a few metres. The lower ...
  • 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 ...
  • No distractions, just natural attractions Oak Cottage renovation worksEscape to a world full of nature and wildlife. A stay at Oak Cottage will offer you the once in a lifetime experience to share the abode of some of Wales’ iconic species.... Read More » Watch otters at dawn, badgers and deer at dusk, kingfishers on the river and a wealth of flora and fauna ...
  • Tree Work in Ceredigion Coupes at Coed Simdde Lwyd by Em FootAt Rhos Fullbrook, following NRWs work before Christmas, we have removed some of the brambles that were clogging up and overshading the ditches. We all did quite a lot of paddling avoiding areas where water voles could potentially be hibernating. Most of the dams are working well, creating nice little pools. A few need a ...
  • 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 ...