Everything is dry!

Castle Woods in Carmarthenshire

Castle Woods in Carmarthenshire

Double line moth at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg

Double line moth at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg

News from Ceredigion

At Rhos Glandenys we spent a day ragwort removing. Although there is very little common ragwort anymore there was a lot of marsh ragwort especially in one end of one field. The sneezewort and angelica were looking very pretty.

This month we have had our annual joint work party at Castle Woods in Carmarthenshire pulling the Himalayan balsam. It does seem to be getting less (apart from the patch we found on our way out!). Sadly, the news from Rhos Glyn yr Helyg is less positive where one day pulling the balsam was not enough this year. It took us two days and we’ll be going back to check for what we’ve missed, in August. Some has wilted in the heat but less so near a water course.

Unfortunately Caeau Llety Cybi was very dry and scorched when we turned up to pull the ragwort and count the orchids! The only orchids we found were scorched (except a single one growing in deep shade!)! Happily, there was very little ragwort but the bracken didn’t seem to be suffering so we spent the day bashing that and looking for dead orchids!

Bracken bashing and path clearance continued at Coed Simdde Lwyd. Even some of the bracken on the hilltop had scorched in the heat. There are a good number of young oak trees growing up in the smaller bracken patch.

At Coed Maidie B Goddard we cleared some of the paths and meadow pinch points of overgrown vegetation. Though not as bad as in some years, the paths at Old Warren Hill needed some clearing and the bracken bashing too.

It’s been a good month for finding beautiful moths:  a light emerald, an oak eggar (both at Coed Simdde) and a large emerald and a double line (at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg).

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are very grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who have made all this work possible.

If you’d like to join our work parties, get fit and meet new people, contact Em:  e.foot@welshwildlife.org

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