Coppicing in Ceredigion

February has been a month of tree cutting, a nice break from the monotony of brambles!

We have continued our thinning at Coed Maidie B Goddard, with an extra day thrown in as the joint work party was cancelled. The day turned out not to be as bad as we expected and was very productive. The areas we have worked in are looking much more open (apart from the habitat piles), we have a supply of sticks to build more causeway paths within the wood and new growth is already coming through in areas we thinned last year. The work will continue over the next few years.

brash piles create havens for wildlife

brash piles create havens for wildlife

At Pant Da we finished the coppice coupe we started last month and started to thin the area around it. As the wood is very even aged the cleared area will hopefully allow some younger trees to grow up, increasing the age structure. The thinning will allow the remaining trees to grow bigger and healthier with a fuller crown.

We also started the first of 8 coupes to be cut in Coed Simdde Lwyd over the next few years. The trees here are slightly bigger and harder timber and regularly get hung up in the surrounding trees, especially the first ones where there is no open space to fell them into.

We finished the sycamore control at the top of Old Warren Hill where they were taking over. The oak and rowan trees can now breathe and have space to grow. It looks like a different place and really showed us how much the sycamore was dominating.

At Pennar Fawr we spent a day clearing birch and willow trees that were growing out in the grassland.

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 twice a week 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/locations/ceredigion/