Winter work in Ceredigion

Cutting back brambles

Cutting back brambles

Conservation work in Ceredigion

Conservation work in Ceredigion

In the last couple of months we have done a lot of work on roadside and boundary trees including at Coed Maidie B Goddard, Old Warren Hill and Pennar Fawr. Thank goodness for polesaws!

The other half of our time has been clearing scrub in the form of brambles, blackthorn and birch regrowth. Caeau Llety Cybi, Allt Crug Garn, Rhos Marion, Rhos Pil Bach and Old Warren Hill have all benefitted from our hard work. We also had a joint work party, with staff and volunteers from all across our patch, at Coed Maidie this month. We cleared a large patch of brambles and the odd willow from around the edge of the meadow and gateway to the woodland.

The weekend work party has been hard at it too- they ventured from their usual reserve to Old Warren Hill where they cut back lots of sycamore regrowth (and brambles to get to them!). They’re returning to Cwm Clettwr this month to continue halo thinning and removing Western Hemlock.

External forces have been working at Cwm Clettwr too. Contractors have been in to fell the last of the large Western Hemlocks in the SSSI and the hurricane that hit the north Ceredigion area in mid November has knocked over or snapped off a lot of trees. Though it looks bad this has created natural gaps in the woodland which will hopefully promote young growth and create a more varied age structure. It also blocked most of the paths for a while!!

If you’d like to join our work parties, get fit and meet new people, contact Em:  e.foot@welshwildlife.org

Thank you very much to everyone that has given their time and energy to help out this year, both on the reserves and behind the scenes, organising talks and events, and fundraising. I hope you all have a peaceful and restful Christmas and best wishes for 2017.