Posted by: Claire Hannington | October 19, 2012

Summery September?

September started off quite pleasantly as the 1st Saturday of the month saw Huw LLoyd, Gower AONB Ranger, lead the Saturday volunteering group in clearing rhododendron from Ryers Down.

On the same day our regular weekday volunteers were helping out at our Big Wildlife Day at the Lodge, Cwm Ivy. Activites ranged from traditional woodland crafts to den building in the woods and bug hunts as well as making bird feeders and nest boxes.
The following week they spent the whole week at Pennard, pulling ragwort. It’s been a good year for ragwort, which means it’s been an endless task trying to control the spread of it. Volunteers have pulled over 400 bags full!

Trying to vary things a bit we also headed out to the Bulwark, an Iron Age Hillfort, to undertake the annual strimming of this Scheduled Ancient Monument. Cracking views can be had across the estuary from this site. We also litterpicked beaches, repaired stiles and fences.

The 15th saw our annual survey and litterpick at Rhossili Beach as part of MCS National Beachwatch. We collected over 80kgs of rubbish in the survey area alone.

And last but not least we had a group of students from the American School in London undertake two days conservation work with us. They cleared scrub from Cwm Ivy Tor and also litterpicked Whiteford Beach. A great group to work with and they are back at the beginning of November to do some more work with us.

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