This Years Christmas Appeals Support Your Woodlands

Frosty Leaves

Frosty Leaves

Autumn trees by Don Sutherland

Autumn trees by Don Sutherland

This years Christmas appeal supports your local woodlands and will be sent out to members and published on the website in November. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales have been, and continue to manage and sustain these naturally beautiful places for both wildlife and people.

In Pembrokeshire, WTSWW’s woodland management has benefited the brown hairstreak butterfly, barbastelle bats and dormice. ‘Better Woodland Wales’ funded work in Pant Da, Coed Simdde Lwyd and Coed Maidie B Goddard included thinning and coupe felling, allowing more light to reach younger trees. A similar project at Castle Woods aims to thin out crowded tree regrowth to favour potential future veteran trees. And at Taf Fechan WTSWW are making the Rees’ Wood better for wildlife by installing bat boxes, habitat piles and wildlife refuges.

But there is still a lot to be done for woodland habitats! Gelli Hir Wood and Priors Wood on Gower are at risk from multiple wind-throw and death. There is a clear requirement to better manage possible dormouse areas at Teifi Marshes and over the coming winter we’re hoping to keep on top of the brambles on Ceredigion reserves, especially in the bluebell areas. We will also continue to monitor the bird boxes at Castle Woods and The Trust would like to remove the old palisade fencing at Taf Fechan allowing wildlife to move feely through the Nature Reserve.

By donating to our Christmas Appeal you will be helping to make your woodlands a better place for wildlife and people. Find your specific county appeal.