Sunshine + Rain = Lots of Growth!

Cotton Grass

Cotton Grass

Gorse

Gorse

It seems that the glorious sunshine and torrential rain that we’ve had recently is good for plant growth on the reserves! So we’ve spent a lot of time cutting, pulling and bashing back this month.

The cliff top path at Penderi Cliffs, the entrance track and inter-field paths at Rhos Pil Bach, the hilltop path and bracken at Coed Simdde Lwyd all needed opening up. Plenty left for next month too!

As well as working on tracks and paths we’ve pulled himalayan balsam along the river banks at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg and at Castle Woods in Carmarthenshire on a joint work party, and we’ve pulled ragwort and bashed bracken at Caeau Llety Cybi. We also tried to count the greater butterfly orchids, which was more difficult than usual as the other vegetation was much longer than usual and the orchids were not fully in flower. Unfortunately, even taking into account the ones that were hiding, it does look like numbers are down this year, though still in all four fields.

We’ve also squeezed in a bit more work on the stables at Cors Ian.

Our monthly check on the Cwm Clettwr dormouse boxes revealed 4 very lively dormice this month. 2 males and 2 females which is quite unusual for us- we normally only find males!

It’s a great time of year to be out on the reserves and see them at their best. So while we’ve been out working  we’ve been trying to update some of our reserve records too- plants, birds, butterflies, dragonflies… if you’re out on the reserves do let me know what you see- e.foot@welshwildlife.org  We’ve also resurveyed the Roadside Verge Reserve near Morrisons with Chloe from Penparcau Community Forum Wildlife Group- lots of new species recorded there.