Lots of woodland work in Ceredigion

Our winter work programme is now in full swing with lots of work in our wonderful woodlands and a little bit on our grasslands too.

Volunteers at Coed Maidie B Goddard

Volunteers at Coed Maidie B Goddard

We started cutting another coupe on the steep slopes of Coed Simdde Lwyd to encourage young trees to grow through. The very strong winds thwarted one attempt but we made good progress on the second visit, a calm, sunny winter day. We’ll hopefully be finishing this in the next few weeks. We’ve also continued our general woodland thinning in Coed Maidie B Goddard.

A large block of Western hemlock was felled on the north side of Cwm Clettwr in 2013, by contractors, to free up the struggling oak trees growing in amongst them. We have spent a few days clearing brash from the area to allow more light down to the ground to encourage young saplings to grow too. There is an amazing amount of it!

Ivy flowers by L Maiden

Ivy flowers by L Maiden

Following tree safety assessments we have done some tree safety works at Cors Ian, along the green lane, in the section near the road at Pant Da and around the road and paths at Coed Penglanowen. This included removing deadwood that overhung the path or road, severing some ivy to allow easier assessments in the future, removing selected limbs and felling/coppicing certain trees with rot in their trunks. We also cleared a lot of fallen trees along the back fence-line in Coed Penglanowen.

At Rhos Glyn Yr Helyg we have cut and cleared a large amount of brambles in the meadows on the far side of the river where they were starting to encroach badly.

We will be continuing with this kind of work for the next few months, until the birds start to nest.

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 visit the Ceredigion Reserves page.