May in Ceredigion…

At Coed Simdde Lwyd we mended the fence around the old mine. This involved carrying multiple fence posts and heavy tools up some very steep steps and hillside, putting in the new posts, firming up the old posts and strainer posts, re-straining the wire and checking staples. Then just to finish the day (and us) off we replaced a gate half way up the hill at the far end.

The day programmed for the hillside path work at Cors Ian had to be delayed when we discovered a large willow tree had fallen on the fence in the green lane. While we were there with the equipment we also dealt with some other branches that were leaning over the path. We returned another day to clear the overhanging gorse from the path up the hill. The horses generally keep the path fairly open but it was a little overgrown. A very hot sunny day with splendid views over the bog and surrounding area turned into a wet day with fog closing in but we got the job done and now the views are available for everyone to enjoy, there is even a bench at the top.

Burning Gorse by E Foot

Burning Gorse by E Foot

At Rhos Glyn Yr Helyg we spent a day burning a large gorse pile that we created earlier in the year. We were very careful to move it before burning and checked it for bird nests and other creatures- there were some toads hiding in the needle pile at the bottom.

We completed the first dormouse box check at Cwm Clettwr this month having put the boxes up earlier in the year. Unfortunately no dormice found yet but there are more checks to do over the summer and there were 11 bluetit nests in them- testing them out!

Many of the North Ceredigion members joined a guided walk of a future Wildlife Trust reserve in the Rheidol Valley- Allt Boeth. The walk was led by Phil Morgan who currently manages it for Roger Gallienne who was also on the walk. The 22ha woodland will be kindly donated to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales in a few years when the current Better Woodlands for Wales work is completed. The woodland has a wide variety of species within its boundary with both Rights of Way and permissive paths running through it. There is a lot of work being done at the moment to restore some of the conifer blocks to native woodland.

Rhos Pil Bach Entrance Path by E Foot

Rhos Pil Bach Entrance Path by E Foot

Two gloriously hot days were spent clearing the blackthorn saplings at Caeau Llety Cybi and cutting the entrance track at Rhos Pil Bach.

White posts have been put out on the Roadside Verge Reserves around the county roads. These posts mark the extent of the verge reserves and where the contractors stop and start cutting. These verges get cut once in September and have the cuttings removed to encourage the wildflowers.

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/