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.

 

  • The North Ceredigion Kestrel Project Kestrel box going into placeAs you are probably aware, the Megan Jones Legacy enabled a project led by Mike Hayward to get under way providing nest boxes for kestrels.... Read More » Mike writes about the first year’s work:- The status of the Kestrel – Cudyll coch – in Ceredigion has been one of a steady decline in breeding pairs, ...
  • Brambles, blackthorn and birch, oh and dormice! Caeau Llety Cybi Waxcaps by Em Foot.We had an even better day than last month’s “very successful day” when we checked the dormouse boxes and tubes (and bird boxes) at Cwm Clettwr this month. We found 21 very lively dormice and 9 wood mice (including some females)! Most were a good weight for their winter hibernation and some were in boxes ...
  • Cors Ian – In Memory Ian CowpertwaitNearly 20 years ago, in the 1990s, 15.4ha of beautiful upland valley mire in mid Ceredigion was purchased by Marlene Matthews, in memory of her son Ian Cowpertwait, who had been a student at Aberystwyth University. Brynarth Bach was renamed Cors Ian after him and was donated to the Wildlife Trust of South and West ...
  • Marsh fritillaries and dormice in Ceredigion Marsh Fritilllary Survey Ceredigion by Em FootWe continued and finished our marsh fritillary larval web surveys on our rhos pasture sites- walking a transect through the grassland looking for the webs that hold the small black caterpillars of the marsh fritillary butterfly, on the leaves of the devil’s bit scabious, their food plant.... Read More » We had another good day at ...
  • Blooming Brambles With the amazing growth of the brambles this year we had to spend another day at Cwm Clettwr clearing back the vegetation from the paths. Hopefully they’ll stay clear for a while now.... Read More » After the fire at Cors Ian last year there is a lot of burnt, dead gorse on the hillside. We ...
  • Mostly brambles in Ceredigion Cwm Clettwr Dormouse Em FootWith all this glorious weather the bracken and brambles have been growing tremendously so we’ve spend quite a few days clearing paths on several reserves: the very top path at Coed Simdde Lwyd took a couple of days; the top paths at Cwm Clettwr also took a couple of days and on our way to ...
  • Butterfly Orchids and Marsh Fritillaries Greater Butterfly Orchid at Caeu Llety Cybi by Em FootInvasive species removal has continued in earnest this month with a joint work party pulling Himalayan balsam at Castle Woods in Carmarthenshire followed by a day at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg pulling it along the River Grannell. We were in anew area at Castle Woods and it was amazing what a difference the day made. ...