For this feature, we chatted to Pauline Hill, People and Wildlife Officer and Stephanie Coates, Wildlife Trust Officer all about their work with landowners to enhance biodiversity, remove invasive species and undertake surveys, monitoring and management work. See our 'Updates from Pwll y Wrach' feature for Brecknock reserve updates.
Both Steph and Pauline have been out and about visiting landowners who have contacted us for species surveying and management advice. One recording day at a small holding near Brecon the Brecon Moth Group recorded 86 species of moths.
The records are still coming in from County Recorders for lichens, butterflies, birds, dragonflies, bryophytes and botany. The Welsh Clearwing we had hoped to see remained elusive even with a pheromone lure and some very mature birch trees.
Pauline has also been supporting community groups who are working to encourage wildlife into their area. Many are setting aside areas which were previously mown for wildflowers.
These areas are on road verges or within community spaces such as playgrounds requiring working closely with Powys County Council. Others have been tackling invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam to restore habitats in their local park or on walking routes.
It has been encouraging to see so much work being put into habitat improvement.Pauline Hill, People and Wildlife Officer at Brecknock
A COVID safe guided walk around Brecon to locate swifts nest sites was led by our expert volunteer Keith Noble. Keith shared his knowledge of the swift’s life and nesting sites as well as house martins and swallows.
Good numbers of swifts were seen flying around the town and screaming at each other. It is exciting to see that Brecon Town Council have installed five swift nest boxes on the Guildhall which will hopefully be occupied next year.
-- Pauline Hill, People and Wildlife Officer, Brecknock