A good season for brambles

Well the summer may not have been perfect for us humans but it has certainly been great for the brambles!

It seems you only have to turn your back and they have grown back across the path so we’ve been doing lots of path clearance at lots of reserves including Coed Maidie B Goddard, Old Warren Hill, Cwm Clettwr, Penderi Cliffs, Pant Da and Cors Ian.

Meadowsweet by Em Foot

Meadowsweet by Em Foot

We’ve also cleared entrance tracks at Rhos Pil Bach, Pennar Fawr and Rhos Marion. The bracken at the top of Coed Simdde Lwyd, along the path and in the small glade needed attention again. It gets bashed several times a year and does seem to be thinning!

At Rhos Pil Bach we spent a day clearing the young willow and alder scrub and meadow edge brambles from one of the fields.

Although there was hardly any ragwort at Rhos Marion and very little at Caeau Llety Cybi we pulled what there was and there was plenty at Rhos Glandenys. We also bashed some bracken and counted the greater butterfly orchids at Caeau Llety Cybi. There were 818 counted this year, down slightly on last year but in all four fields, though mostly in the lower two.

Only 2 very energetic young male dormice were found in the dormouse boxes at Cwm Clettwr this month during our monthly monitoring visit. There were also a couple of woodmice and a pygmy shrew.

Thank you very much to everyone who has helped this month. If you would like to volunteer with us in Ceredigion there are work parties on a Wednesday and Thursday out on the reserves, year round, contact Em on 07980932332 or e.foot@welshwildlife.org or to find out more about Ceredigion reserves visit: https://welshwildlife.org/where-i-live/ceredigion/information-on-ceredigion-nature-reserves/