Posted by: Claire Hannington | September 13, 2012

Active August

A little bit late with the August summary of our volunteers work on Gower. I decided to take a week off after a very busy summer!

The start of August saw us preparing for the Gower Show with volunteers helping us man the marquee on the day – selling teas and cakes and making badges with the kids. It was a successful day and the rain held off until the very last!

The Saturday group rose to the mammoth task of clearing ragwort from Pennard Cliffs. We cleared a huge area filling 85 bags.

There was also plenty of ragwort to be pulled from the Warren at Rhossili. This year it has really been prolific – unfortunately the summer(!) weather seems to have assisted its growth.

August also saw us clearing bracken from The Bulwark and Old Castle Camp – two iron age hillforts. We clear the bracken from them to protect these Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

We had 8 volunteers from Barclays come out for two days as part of the Employee Volunteering Programme. They learnt the skills of dry stone walling and repaired an 8 metre section of the 6 miles(!) of wall between Rhossili and Port Eynon.

I also spent some days with Mark Barber from ARC (Amphibians and Reptile Conservation) putting out refugia in various sites around Gower to survey these fascinating creatures. We will be looking for volunteers in the spring to assist us surveying the refugia, so if you are interested then contact me!

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  1. Looks like you’ve been busy, Claire. Lots of interesting work. Great pics. It would be good to get a picture of a ‘refugia’ whatever that is…


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