Snowberries and Glades in Ceredigion

The mammoth task for August was to pull all the ragwort on our new reserve, Rhos Marion. After about 40 years of no pulling there was a yellow margin to all the fields and some huge, multi-stemmed plants. Luckily it hadn’t really spread into the middle of the fields. It was all piled on site and covered to rot down.

Ragwort by E Foot

Ragwort by E Foot

Although a very pretty flower and great for insects as we are hoping to graze some horses on the reserve in the future we needed to remove it. We also pulled the ragwort at Rhos Glandenys and as we finished early we also started work on the brambles that were spreading out into the grass. We went back for a second attack session too.

Our autumn work began at Coed Penglanowen where we cut the glade and the snowberry patches. We also started cutting the sycamore saplings that are taking over the woodland in places. We had a rare sunny day at the lovely Penderi Cliffs reserve where the grass on the path had grown a huge amount since its spring cut. We saw lizards, chough, kestrels, a seal,

Coed Penglanowen Glade by E Foot

Coed Penglanowen Glade by E Foot

a toad and several butterflies.

This is also the time of year that we start our marsh fritillary larval web surveys on the rhos pastures. After our success at Rhos Fullbrook last year we started there this year hoping for a good start and although we only found a third the number of webs as last year, we still found 7 webs with very small larvae in. Which after the wet summer we have had is a good result. We were very glad of the new boardwalk as the ground is extremely wet and boggy. We’ll be continuing our surveys on the other rhos reserves in the coming weeks.

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/