Eight Warwickshire volunteers, known as Natureforce, had their 5thvisit to help out on Ceredigion’s reserves this month. We spent a beautiful sunny day at Rhos Fullbrook squelching around in the mud putting in 8 more sections of boardwalk and putting anti-slip netting on the sections put in last month. They thought it was a lovely site, very different from the ones they work on at home and very quiet with no traffic or aircraft noise (there were no jets flying that day).
With another days work in the following week with my regular volunteers we completed the task. It is now possible to access the reserve from the main entrance stile and walk through/over the boggy bottom section. Be warned though- you will still need wellies for the main site.
The top of Old Warren Hill is looking very different and much clearer after another day of cutting down sycamore regeneration. Although we have made great progress there will be a few more days doing this over the winter.
The Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire volunteers joined us at Coed Maidie for some bramble clearance. Although some scrub habitat is good (there is plenty of it spread throughout the site) the brambles were extending out into the grassland and preventing the cattle from grazing it properly. This was all trimmed back to the fence line.
At Cors Ian we did some fencing around some mature trees to protect them from the nibbling ponies. In the past their eating has killed off some trees unfortunately by effectively ring barking them. The ponies were replaced by cattle for a while but the graziers decided to get rid of his cattle so ponies are set to return, along with the sheep. Hopefully these new ponies will have less of an appetite for tree bark!
CCW’s volunteers joined us at Caeau Llety Cybi for our annual hedgelaying day. This year we are relaying the hedge along the track that was originally laid in 1997 and is now ready to be relayed. For some this was a day remembering a skill learnt before for others it was all completely new.
At Pant Da, unfortunately, due to our neighbouring farmer’s sign being vandalised and land being trespassed on we have had to erect a much taller barbed wire fence near the Nancy Kirk Memorial, at the top of the reserve, in an attempt to discourage visitors climbing the fence into his land.
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: www.welshwildlife.org/reservesCeredigion_en.link