Spring is here in Ceredigion!

With the arrival of spring we see a change in jobs to be done on the reserves- generally less destructive!

Having moved a bridge in Coed Maidie B Goddard (for safety reasons) last year and rerouted the path we needed to put in some steps, block off the old path and remove the old steps to discourage people from using the old, unsafe path.

This was one of the earliest sunny days and proved to be very pleasant, the sun helping to set our mud step surfaces.

We also spent another day mending bits of the causeway and ensuring gates opened properly and easily. The celandine was just coming out too.

We had one last, tiring day cutting and dragging willow from the bog at Cors Ian to improve the water vole habitat.

We cleared it from a steam, living it less overshadowed. There was lots of frog activity in the pond and we even saw a few lizards basking in the spring sunshine- a first record for the site.

After the fire on the hillside here last year there is a lot of dead, burnt gorse that is not rejuvenating. We have spent a couple more days clearing this to allow the grazing animals access to the fresh grass below. Some, but not all, of the gorse is regrowing so hopefully we will end up with some glade-like areas on the hillside.

We have also created a long habitat pile/dead hedge which will provide lots of nesting and hiding places for the resident and passing wildlife.

Cors Ian seems to be a woodpecker haven- all three varieties have been heard on the site this year! We also hear curlew regularly but suspect they are just across our boundary!

New Boundary Fencing by Em Foot

New Boundary Fencing by Em Foot

There was a stretch of boundary fence that needed mending at Coed Simdde Lwyd. Luckily this section was not far from the road but was up a very steep hill with a section of steep ladder steps. Carrying the posts and tools up them was definitely good for our fitness! T

here is an old mine on the site which is fenced off (and away from the paths) but we replaced the warning signs and used a pallet with a warning sign to cover another entrance.

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 on a Wednesday and Thursday out on the reserves, year round, contact Em on 07980932332 or e.foot@welshwildlife.org or find out more about our Ceredigion reserves.