Not all of our work can be planned in advance, particularly with the strong winds we’ve been having! A large oak branch on the boundary at Coed Penglanowen snapped off, took out several other branches and landed on the fence during one of the storms. We spent a very wet day sorting all of that out and leaving the boundary sheep proof.
Cwm Clettwr suffered again too! Not so badly this time but we had to do some clearing up to keep the paths open and safe. Happily it wasn’t so wet there.
We tackled two large bramble patches in the middle of one of the Coed Maidie meadows and several patches at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg in the area where the Himalayan balsam grows in the hope of making that an easier job in the summer!
Having postponed being in a woodland due to the strong winds we spent a day at Rhos Pil Bach trying out our new Treepopper tools. We removed willow and birch from a large area of one of the meadows. Treepoppers work by grabbing on to the trunk and levering the whole plant, roots included, out of the ground. Hopefully this means that in the future we will have less to remove, saving us work and keeping the meadows in better condition.
Both volunteers and contractors have being working at Cors Ian: the roof is on; we’ve installed a new owl box and nesting shelves for smaller birds; cleared up the area; cleaned out the drainage channels and cut back some branches for a better view of the reserve. It’s coming together slowly!
If you’d like to join our work parties, get fit and meet new people, contact Em.