Ditch clearance at Ffrwd Farm Mire

Work being carried out on the Southern Ditch at Ffrwd Farm Mire

Work being carried out on the Southern Ditch at Ffrwd Farm Mire

Ditch clearance for Water Vole habitat

Ditch clearance for Water Vole habitat

Spring cleaning for Ratty, our water voles get a helping hand

Working in partnership with NRW, we have had 2 of our ditches cleaned out last month. These had become chocked with vegetation with limited open water.

The aim of this work is to make the ditches more attractive to our resident water vole population that live on the banks and utilise the water ways for getting about.  NRW have experienced digger drivers who are used to the exacting requirements of our furry friend. They carefully scooped out the central channel leaving the banks, where the voles could have been hiding, undisturbed.

This work shall also favour some of the early colonising water plants such as frog bit, and has further wildlife reward by establishing a wide variety of successional ditches throughout the reserve.

Special thanks to Hilary Foster, Biodiversity Officer for National Resources Wales, for her involvement with the project that has seen so many benefits to Ffrwd Farm Mire.