One of the main jobs the Carmarthenshire volunteers have been involved with this winter had been the thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding task of laying hedges. A laid hedge provides denser and more attractive habitat for numerous species; as well as rejuvenating the tree species themselves. A rejuvenated hedge will ultimately produce more flowers and fruiting bodies. With the nesting and feeding potential increased the hedges can support more invertebrates, more birds and more dormice. At Carmel the hedges also act as effective corridors for woodland species wanting to move within the mosaic of woodland.
We were Greatly encouraged last October when regular dormouse monitoring provided us with further proof that there are Dormice present. So far the evidence has been scant, but a nut with the classic nibble marks of a dormouse was uncovered by Deborah Sazer. It is amazing to know Dormice are present still at Carmel and therefore protected within the nature reserve. The find will help inform further work and enable us to manage the site better for this rare species.