After a short hiatus while we delivered habitat work elsewhere, including thinning and coppicing in Priors and gorse clearance on the South Gower Coast, we have started 2018 with a push to deliver some more of the work in the Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain) funded Gelli Hir -A Woodland Haven for Wildlife & the Community project.
We have been working with contractors to make improvements to accessibility. Known for its mud we have altered drainage and surfaced the 380m path which skirts the north-eastern boundary linking the main track and the newly built track. This is one of the more popular routes in the woodland and we hope that by making it more accessible will give visitors a better experience. We have already observed that it’s much easier to look around and spot wildlife if the going is easier underfoot. This path is currently still closed while the surfacing firms up and we will open it as soon as possible; please bear with us.
We have also cleaned out ditches and scraped the surface of the main track all the way down to the pond and also scraped the access to the bird hide. It may look a little shocking to the eye at the moment but by spring you can be assured it will have greened up and settled down again. This maintenance work had not been down for at least twenty years and is more economically sensible than letting things degrade until they need rebuilding and is essential to maintain good access.
As part of the project we are planning a number of community events through spring and summer. These will include a number of habitat management days, a dawn chorus walk, a well-being walk (as part of the Gower Walking Festival), a bat walk and some celebration days of woodland activities. Keep your eye on posters at the entrance to the woods & our website and social media for dates.
If you have any queries please get in touch with Paul