At Rhos Fullbrook, following NRWs work before Christmas, we have removed some of the brambles that were clogging up and overshading the ditches. We all did quite a lot of paddling avoiding areas where water voles could potentially be hibernating. Most of the dams are working well, creating nice little pools. A few need a bit of tweaking as they are leaking.
Between the meadows at Rhos Marion are mature hedgerows with some quite big trees, many of them willow. These have a tendency to lean or fall over and when their branches touch the floor they re-root. This overhanging also encroaches on the meadow as the trees get bigger. We spent a day pruning some of these back.
We continued clearing a patch of dead/dying gorse mixed in with brambles at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg. While we were there we came across a large laburnum that had fallen across the fence in the storms. It was covered in ivy so took six of us all afternoon to clear away!
The entrance track at Rhos Pil Bach has become very wet over the last year with a constant stream running down it. To try and contain it and make access easier we have dug a ditch down one side which will hopefully allow the rest of the track to dry out (if it ever stops raining for long enough). We also did some maintenance to the gate and put in a new leaflet holder.
As part of our Better Woodlands Wales work in Coed Simdde Lwyd we are cutting a series of coupes throughout the woodland, over 5 years, to encourage a greater age structure. A few others were cut over a decade a go and we have done 4 in the last 6 winters. This month we cut one in the far west of the reserve and there are 2 more to do. Contractors will start a light thinning of the whole wood in the next few weeks.
In a very wet and windy week we cleared scrub in a meadow at Coed Maidie followed by a day thinning in the woodland.
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 twice a week out on the reserves, year round, contact Em on 07980932332 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out more about Ceredigion reserves visit: https://welshwildlife.org/locations/ceredigion/