A month affected by both snow and wind, but not as much as in other parts of the country. The hardy volunteers come out in all sorts of weather!
We’ve been back to Coed Maidie B Goddard to continue coppicing and thinning the woodland. More trees, largely birch, have been felled in Pant Da as part of a general thin that will continue over the next few years. At Coed Penglanowen we cleared lots of young sycamores at the eastern end of the reserve where they were in dense patches.
Rhos Pil Bach has been visited several times this month- it is accessible in the snow! We cleared scrub, mostly patches of bramble, from around the field edges through the snow.
At Cwm Clettwr we finished clearing the young western hemlock along the edge of the main block. Another day was spent clearing the new riverside path at the bottom of the reserve. This path will help join the north and south sides of the reserve together when the new bridge is installed, hopefully later this year. It is a lovely walk very close to the river.
We had to change our plans one day to sort out the stream in Old Warren Hill which had chosen a new path through the lower woodland and along the footpath. The original stream bed was cleared of debris and the water returned to its proper course. We also had to clear a large grand fir that had fallen over in Coed Penglanowen.
After having to cancel a day in Coed Simdde Lwyd because of the high winds we started the next coupe the following week and will be returning later in the month to hopefully complete it. Starting the new coupe is always tricky as the trees are closely spaced and quite tall and so have a habit of hanging up in the ones surrounding them. As the coupe progresses it the task gets easier as there is more space.
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 via email or on 07980 932 332 or to find out more about Ceredigion reserves visit: https://welshwildlife.org/locations/ceredigion/