Our Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) Pwl Y Wrach Nature Reserve has seen a fair amount of work in the last couple of months!
It is now ready for the flowers to bloom, the leaves to open on the trees and the wildlife, especially the birds, to return for the spring breeding season.
Restoring the 'Easy Access’ path, after the landslide in early 2020 blocked it, was made possible through a grant to cover the costs of a contractor and materials. This enabled the landslide area to be re-profiled and resurfaced with chippings so that wheelchair users and pushchairs could once again access the centre of the reserve.
It was also possible to improve the path for walkers beyond the information board with chippings and cross drains. However there is still a short section which is still muddy and requires stepping up and down before you reach the waterfall.
WTSWW staff have improved the steps beside the waterfall. New way-markers were installed with the help of volunteers when restrictions allowed. These indicate the current permitted paths around the reserve.
Work to remove ash trees with die-back from along the road running beside the reserve required the road to be closed for two one week periods. By removing the diseased trees in this way it should improve the safety of all who use the road and minimise disruption in the future.
We really appreciated the patience of local residents while this work was carried out.
The intention is not to remove all the trees with ash die-back within the reserve so that they can be monitored for signs of disease resistance. However this means that some paths will remain closed and are therefore not way-marked.
The safe routes are..
• The public footpath along the top of the reserve
• the path from the main car park to the waterfall and up the steps to the road;
• the lower loops of paths between the bottom gate and the main car park.
When visiting Pwll Y Wrach, please keep to the way-marked paths and respect the closures.
Could you help us protect our precious wildlife and nature reserves? If you are unable to make a regular commitment to our work by becoming a member, why not make a donation to show your support and help us to protect precious wildlife habitats on your behalf?
Pauline Hill, WTSWW's People and Wildlife Officer