Keeping Things in Order on the Ceredigion Reserves

Marsh Ragwort

Marsh Ragwort

It’s been ragwort pulling season at Rhos Glandenys, Rhos Marion and Caeau Llety Cybi. Luckily there hasn’t been too much in most places (except one end of one field at Rhos Glandenys that kept us busy for hours, there was a good collection of butterflies though).

One of the gate posts at the Pant Da entrance had rotted and become dangerous so it’s had to be removed. At Coed Simdde Lwyd we’ve mended several gates that all broke at the same time!, cleared the paths and bashed bracken. We’ve spent time on the bracken and brambles at Caeau Llety Cybi too.

There was a fallen tree across the path at Coed Maidie B Goddard to be cleared. Brambles also needed clearing from several other paths and a route to the ponds found! The green lane at Cors Ian has also been cut and cleared.

On a hot sunny morning I counted the orchids in one of the meadows at Rhos Glandenys. I counted 225 (compared with 60 in 2007). Just walking through the next meadow I counted 128 (compared with a full count of 125 in 2007) and there were too many to count in the third field. Pleasing results!

We did our monthly dormouse box checks at Cwm Clettwr and again found a good number both in dormouse and bird boxes!

We are trying to update our reserve records for all species, if you have a specialty and would like to help, do get in touch. If you visit any of the reserves please let me know what you saw. Thank you to all those that have helped so far.

Thank you to NRW and People’s Postcode Lottery for their support with some of this work

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