‘Walk This Way’…Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, Boardwalk Update!

The Teifi Marshes is a fantastic place to visit all year!

The Teifi Marshes is a fantastic place to visit all year!

Thanks to the wonderful response to our ‘Boardwalk Appeal’ and funding from Welsh Government, Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being in Wales (ENRaW) Grant scheme, work has now started to replace 600m of boardwalk at our Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) Teifi Marshes nature reserve in Pembrokeshire.

The new boardwalk is being made to a very high specification, with recycled plastic base materials which ensure the longest life possible, and timber upper structures for aesthetic and maintenance benefit.

Work was scheduled for completion earlier this year but unfortunately, due to the UK wide lock down and Covid 19 restrictions the contractor was unable to even start until late summer. We are expecting that it will be completed by the end of this year. In addition to this essential work, replacement of the boardwalks leading to the Mallard and Creek hides are scheduled for early next year.

When finished, the boardwalk will reinstate the very popular circular Wetland Trail which passes through reedbed and wet woodland habitats, providing a fantastic opportunity to experience this Site of Special Scientific Interest. As with all the trails at Teifi Marshes nature reserve, it will be free to access and open all year round. What a brilliant natural resource for all to enjoy; especially this year as many people have realised just how beneficial nature is for our mental and physical health and well-being.

Wildlife seen in and around our wet woodland and reedbed habitats includes otters, deer, small mammals, water birds, woodland birds, amphibians, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and much more. A bittern and a marsh harrier were spotted in the reed bed habitats earlier this year so you never know what you may see. The unusual sight of water buffalo, which we use for conservation grazing, is also popular with visitors between April and October. Why not come and explore, get your nature fix and let us know what you see?

Thanks to the wonderful response to our ‘Boardwalk Appeal’ and funding from Welsh Government, Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being in Wales (ENRaW) Grant scheme, work has now started to replace 600m of boardwalk at the Teifi Marshes nature reserve in Pembrokeshire. The new boardwalk is being made to a very high specification, with recycled plastic base materials which ensure the longest life possible, and timber upper structures for aesthetic and maintenance benefit.

Work was scheduled for completion earlier this year but unfortunately, due to the UK wide lock down and Covid 19 restrictions the contractor was unable to even start until late summer. We are expecting that it will be completed by the end of this year. In addition to this essential work, replacement of the boardwalks leading to the Mallard and Creek hides are scheduled for early next year.

When finished, the boardwalk will reinstate the very popular circular Wetland Trail which passes through reedbed and wet woodland habitats, providing a fantastic opportunity to experience this Site of Special Scientific Interest. As with all the trails at Teifi Marshes nature reserve, it will be free to access and open all year round. What a brilliant natural resource for all to enjoy; especially this year as many people have realised just how beneficial nature is for our mental and physical health and well-being.

Wildlife seen in and around our wet woodland and reedbed habitats includes otters, deer, small mammals, water birds, woodland birds, amphibians, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and much more. A bittern and a marsh harrier were spotted in the reed bed habitats earlier this year so you never know what you may see. The unusual sight of water buffalo, which we use for conservation grazing, is also popular with visitors between April and October.

Why not come and explore, get your nature fix and let us know what you see?

Gretchen Taylor, WTSWW's People and Wildlife Officer