Teifi Marshes is a spectacular place to visit all year round. The vast marshland is home to a range of wildlife including a diversity of wetland birds and waders, dragonflies, otter and water buffalo which help the local Wildlife Trust manage the site.
Management of such a reserve is extremely demanding as it requires many skills. These range from boat handling and reed harvesting, to visitor and people management. Time to do all these and more is something the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales have struggled with. Until now.
Nathan Walton, the Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire, manages the 265 acre site alongside ten other reserves in Pembrokeshire “This site has always needed a person dedicated to it” said Nathan “But funding has always been an issue.” This is all about to change however, as Biffa Award have agreed to fund a full time ranger on the site over the next two years.
The ranger will work full time at the stunning reserve and will be turning their hands to a wide variety of tasks, from creating wildlife gardens to encouraging pied flycatchers on to the site. The job will also involve restoring a significant area of broadleaf woodland and managing areas of wet grassland. This project has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK (www.biffa-award.org).
The job is being advertised online.