Pembrokeshire

In Pembrokeshire we have 14 nature reserves including the significant reserve at Teifi Marshes. Nathan Walton the Wildlife Trust Officer manages these with the assistance of volunteers from the area. 

Nathan Walton Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire

Nathan Walton Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire

The suite of WTSWW’s nature reserves in Pembrokeshire includes some strikingly different kinds of woodland, and we’ve achieved some great successes in each.

Future work. Nathan has already been successful at securing funding for Pengelli and West Williamston through Better Woodlands for Wales, but these do not pay full costs, and further funds are sought to help us realise our aspirations for these sites.

In Pengelli, areas of trees have been identified for groupfell, to promote both structural diversity and create naturally regenerating glades. This is the start of a wider dream to fulfil a lengthy rotation within the woods, identifying areas to manage and areas to leave alone, providing assisted and natural management of the woodland.

Tracks and pathways are to be resurfaced where needed and new tracks constructed to aid extraction of felled timber.

In West Williamston, thinning of the ash and sycamore will provide greater habitat variety and allow more light to penetrate through to the woodland floor encouraging species such as common twayblade.

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  • Wales takes the plunge into protecting seas Jewel anemones by Sally SharrockToday (Friday 12 December) the Welsh Government designated its first Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).  This announcement means that the seas around Skomer Island off the coast of Pembrokeshire will become Wales’ first MCZ.   The Wildlife Trusts welcome the designation of Wales’ first MCZ as an important step forward in striving for an ecologically coherent network of protected ...
  • 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, ...
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  • Skomer Island 2015 Shorteared Owl eying up Bee's cabbagesAfter a fantastic season which saw some great new happenings on the island we have started planning for next year.... Read More » If you are a member don’t forget you can start booking your stays on the island from October 6th, if you aren’t why not join us now? Not only do you get the ...
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  • West Williamston – brown hairstreaks on the wing Autumn gentian at West WilliamstonThe brown hairstreak butterfly is now actively laying its eggs on the blackthorn at West Williamston nature reserve and avid spotters have been busy recording sightings. The good weather certainly helps both the spotter and the butterfly with records coming in thick and fast. This year has also been a good one for other butterfly ...