New Woodlands Officer

Hello West Glamorgan

I’m Tara Daniels, the new West Glamorgan’s Wild Woodlands Project Officer for The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.

Tara out in the field

Tara out in the field

I’ll be working in 12 woodlands across parts of the Gower, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot area funded by WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.

The project focuses on improving habitat, controlling invasive non-native species, engaging with local communities, and ensuring continuation of management.

A little about me, after studying Wildlife Conservation at university, I volunteered, undertook a traineeship, and was subsequently employed with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Unfortunately funding ran out, so I became Environmental Advisor for a railway construction company, then Development Support Officer for the Wildlife Trust central office (otherwise known as Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts), before joining the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales Conservation team on the Wild Woodlands project.

I’ve already started to get to know the reserves and existing volunteers. So far we’ve been out coppicing at Gelli Hir, Dranges, and undertaking ride management for butterflies in Priors Wood. However this is only the beginning with more work parties planned at these reserves and Coed Gawdir clearing non native rhododendron.

Anybody who would like to volunteer with the project, be it walking round some beautiful reserves surveying, getting stuck in with some habitat management work, or researching and writing management plans, we would love you to come join us. Please contact me on: 07855 009622 for further details.