May in Ceredigion

This last month has mostly been about maintaining and cutting the paths on various reserves: Coed Simdde Lwyd; Penderi Cliffs; Cors Ian; Old Warren Hill. Lovely views.

We also spent a third day, this time in glorious sunshine, at the very top of Coed Simdde Lwyd finishing off replacing about 90 fence posts to stop the lambs escaping into the woodland.

Coed Simdde Lwyd Fencing by Em Foot

Coed Simdde Lwyd Fencing by Em Foot

After reports from locals of sightings of deer over the last year we did some deer damage surveys in Coed Maidie B Goddard. We walk through the woodland observing seven trees at regular intervals looking for any damage to the bark on the trees. We didn’t find any recent damage though. It was lovely to spot a woodpecker nest hole in an old birch tree.

The white posts marking the Ceredigion roadside verge reserves have also been checked and replaced or repainted for the new season of grass cutting. There are 16 verge reserves around the county and a couple of wildlife areas that are treated differently to the rest of the roadside verge network. They are left uncut until September to allow the flowers to seed. The cuttings are then removed to prevent the nutrients going back into the soil.

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 find out more about Ceredigion reserves.