It’s hard to believe that it is June with the weather we have been having but it has certainly helped the grass and flowers grow. This month we have been trying to keep on top of the growth on the footpaths through the reserves and the invasive species threatening to take over. At Cors Ian we cut the green lane and around the stable block in the rain. It was good to see some new saplings and fresh growth on the trees now the sheep and ponies are excluded and it has recovered but the brambles are back too and will need keeping under control.
Fortunately we had glorious weather for cutting the path at Penderi Cliffs and were rewarded with fantastic views along the coast and of chough and a kestrel hovering. We finished the day by cutting the bottom section of path at Old Warren Hill that was becoming very overgrown. We will be returning next month to do the rest of the path, along with several other reserves.
Another rainy day was spent at Rhos Glyn Yr Helyg pulling the Himalayan balsam. Happily there wasn’t much to be found this year so we moved on to clearing the straggly brambles from the fence line before retreating to the other side of the river before it rose too much! The joint work party at Castle Woods was also pulling Himalayan balsam, but here it is more extreme with large patches of it, mixed with stinging nettles on steep slopes- at least it wasn’t raining. Our annual pulling does seem to be having an effect on both reserves.
Every year Caeau Llety Cybi gets invaded by bracken and ragwort. The ragwort has to be removed as it is poisonous to the livestock. We spend a couple of days each year pulling and collecting it and we fit in a count of the greater butterfly orchids as well. This year there seemed to be a lot more ragwort then usual and orchid numbers are down a little from last year but they weren’t all in flower yet (later than usual) so we may have missed some as they are difficult to spot amongst the rest of the vegetation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out more about Ceredigion reserves visit: https://welshwildlife.org/locations/ceredigion/