Volunteering Winter works in Ceredigion and Brecknock

Allt Crug Garn before the birch clearance

Allt Crug Garn before the birch clearance

After the clearance

After the clearance

Winter is a busy time for Em and the volunteers at the reserves in Ceredigion

Our molinia cutting and raking continued at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg throughout December.  Since the new year scrub clearance has taken over.

A five year blackthorn cutting rota was instigated at Caeau Llety Cybi to help control it better but also to make the habitat more suitable for brown hairstreak butterflies.

At Allt Crug Garn we discovered a fallen tree which we needed to clear before we cut back the birch regrowth and cleared some of the dead molinia. The heather and bilberry are beginning to grow back nicely.

We cleared brambles and gorse from the meadows at Coed Maidie B Goddard.

At Rhos Glandenys there were more fallen willow that needed to be cleared

Fallen trees, broken fencelines and a misbehaving stream were the issues to resolve at Rhos Pil Bach in February.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are very grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who have made all this work possible.

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

Peoples postcode lottery logo

A big hello to our new and returning volunteers at our Brecknock Reserves!

And thanks to everyone who has come out over the winter to do conservation work and site maintenance on the reserves.  We haven’t been too badly affected by snow this year and have got a lot done.

In the Ystradgynlais reserves we have been focussing our efforts on bramble control, this has been helped by an extra brushcutter which was kindly donated and training last year for some volunteers to use them.

We have been doing quite a bit of fencing and over the last year the group as a whole have become skilled in ramming in posts and constructing strainers.  Recently we have been working up at Pwll y Wrach along the boundary with pastureland.  We have seen hare and deer on this undisturbed side of the reserve.

While doing some work at Trewalkin Meadow we found this lovely “ striated” birds-nest fungus Cyathus striates growing on woody debris.

striated bird nest fungus

Birds nest fungus

And at Wern Plemys this Hookeria Lucens Shining Moss a locally common but easily identifiable moss because the cells in the leaves are so big (which means it can’t be a liverwort). Thanks to George Tordoff for ID’ing this.

Hookeria lucens shining moss

Hookeria Lucens Shining Moss

Out and about we also spotted some common winter fungus:  Jelly Ear (Glasbury Cutting) and Scarlet elf cap Carcoscypha coccinea at Ystrad Fawr

If you'd like to join our volunteering work parties in Brecknock, please contact Steph Coates on  S.coates@welshwildlife.org