Llangloffan Fen nature reserve is a popular site located just east of Mathry, near Castlemorris in Pembrokeshire. The reserve has benefitted in recent years from receiving funding for a variety of habitat projects that have gone some way to enhance the features of the site. With the conservation of species and habitats actively progressed here, other features such as footpaths and reserve infrastructure are in need of some work.
This summer we have been fortunate to receive further funding from Natural Resources Wales to replace a 50m section of boardwalk that was installed some 12 years ago. It was in a state of disrepair and regular volunteer work parties were spent patching it up.
I am pleased to say that the boardwalk has now been completed and circular access on the reserve is now once again possible. This new structure, as with all new boardwalks erected on Wildlife Trust reserves in Pembrokeshire is made from recycled plastic with timber decking. This ensures that the structure will last indefinitely as opposed to using timber which rots and degrades much quicker, especially in wetland environments. Although the cost of doing this is some three times more than timber, it is a cost worth taking.
The reserve is popular with locals and tourists alike. A new interpretation panel has also been installed along with signage aimed at keeping dogs on leads at all times. The issue of dogs off leads is the bane of every nature reserve manager and one that without proper enforcement is sadly not going to go away. New signage hopes to educate dog walkers about the fact the site is a nature reserve and here to protect rare and vulnerable plant and animal populations.