We are embarking on an exciting new project in the Rhondda catchment alongside partners that include Natural Resources Wales, The South Wales Fire Service and the Rhondda Cynon Taff Local Authority.
The aim is to use our knowledge and Habitat Management Toolkit developed during the Local Wildlife Sites project to identify opportunities for improved land management in the Rhondda catchment area with a focus on ffridd, or coed cae, habitat.These benefits will also take consideration of specific issues, such as wildfires and community access, to identify the range and feasibility of land management options. These could include grazing options, targeted controlled burns, fire break cutting and physical habitat management.
We are currently using existing data to help us identify potential demonstration sites where we can carry out physical improvements on the ground over the coming year.
The Rhondda was identified as one of 3 areas by Natural Resource Wales to undertake a Natural Resource Management Trial Project. The information from this trial will be used to create an Area Statement and inform the application of three bills currently being debated by Welsh Government and Ministers: The Well-being of Future Generations Bill, The Environment Bill and the Planning Bill.
We are currently developing a dedicated webpage but if you live in the Rhondda and/or would like to learn more about the Rhondda Hillsides Project please do contact me:
Local Wildlife Sites Officer: Sarah Woodcock
Phone: 07976 464284