From summer surveys in to winter work in Ceredigion.

Towards the end of September we did the last of our marsh fritillary larval web surveys at Rhos Fullbrook  where we found 2 webs (slightly less than last year) and at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg where we found 8 active webs and one old one. This was an exciting discovery for Rhos Glyn yr Helyg as no webs had been found since 2006. There was a sea of purple Devil’s bit scabious across the reserve this year so plenty for the larvae to eat.

Marsh Fritillary Web by E Foot

Marsh Fritillary Web by E Foot

Jenny Mac Pherson from the Vincent Wildlife Trust checked the dormice boxes at Cwm Clettwr and found two dormice in two different boxes from last year. Hopefully we’ll find some more in this months check, the last before the winter. We have also put in some more welcome signs on the reserve.

We’ve spent a few days in Coed Maidie B Goddard this month: a large tree branch fell over the path and needed clearing; we cut and cleared the meadow; cut back some other vegetation and started putting in the new waymarkers. We’ll be putting in the rest over the next few weeks.

The path at Penderi Cliffs had its second cut of the year on a sunny but windy day. Chough and seals were seen from the cliff top path.

Devil's Bit Scabious by E Foot

Devil’s Bit Scabious by E Foot

At Cors Ian we spent the day mending fences, putting in a welcome sign at the far end of the reserve and cutting back some of the dead gorse.

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/