Posted by: Claire Hannington | March 1, 2013

February Frolics

I’m not sure if volunteers frolic (!)  but there are certainly now a few lambs around – has Spring arrived?

Our volunteers sprung into action this month starting with the Saturday Group clearing scrub at Cwm Ivy. 26 volunteers, 5 dogs and plenty of enthusiasm and hard work =bye bye scrub. The volunteers have done a tremendous effort over the last few years and Cwm Ivy Tor is now a fabulous flower rich limestone grassland. All that cut scrub had to be burnt the following day and thats when the Swansea University Conservation Ecology Society got fired up having spent the night at The Lodge Bunkhouse. They also had a go at splitting logs for our holiday cottages and a full log store proved a good days work.

In connection with Helen Grey, CCS Countryside Connections Officer the rest of the month has been spent coppicing and hedgelaying. Helen organised some workshops and myself and our volunteers were all keen to give it a go. The coppicing has been undertaken in Bishopston Valley as part of our Dormouse project. Kathryn has just come back into the office now after putting out some of the beautifully made boxes.

The hedgelaying has been taking place at our Farm – as part of our long term plan to restore all the hedgerows. With expert tuition from local farmer John Beynon we all learnt the fine art of laying a pleacher! It was great fun and very rewarding and it’s amazing how fab our first hedge looks.

Away from the fields all staff and volunteers from Gower and Aberdulais got together for our start of season meeting. It was great for both teams to have a chat and share ideas and stories.

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