Posted by: Claire Hannington | April 29, 2013

April Accomplishments

April seems to have disappeared so fast and yet we have achieved loads out with the volunteers.We started the month finishing the fencing at South Pilton Green Farm to protect our new hedge (still get excited about our newly laid hedge! We are just waiting for it to burst into life.)

The Saturday group brought us an absolutely glorious spring day up on Ryers Down where we spent the day cutting and burning rhododendron. We had a massive turnout again and cleared loads. We are still clearing the rhodie that was burnt two winters ago but progress is definitely being made.

Unfortunately the culvert work we undertook at Overton last month didn’t quite work so we teamed up with volunteers from the Wildlife Trust and locals and spent the day there diverting ditches, redoing the culvert and litterpicking the beach. I have just been down there this morning and its all looking really good so fingers crossed this time round.

I had a week off this month so Kathryn took the opportunity to take the volunteers up to Brecon for the week to help out with some fencing in a rather remote location. I have heard they all had great fun, worked hard and enjoyed working with the Brecon staff and volunteers. Its nice to be able to go to other sites now and then for a change of scenery but also to see how other sites work. Hopefully I can go with them next time 🙂

Last week was a mixed bag with jobs here and there and everywhere! We liiterpicked Mewslade, Rhossili Cliffs and Pennnard Cliffs; repaired some dry stone walling, repaired the Rhossili Beach path; cleared some burnt gorse at Mewslade, cut Cotoneaster at Pennard and cleared some rhododendron at Penmaen. Phew!!

I also went out on the hunt for some refugia mats that we put down late last year to monitor reptiles on Gower in association with ARC Trust. I did manage to find them, tho some do appear to have gone missing, or lost in the undergrowth somewhere. We now have many willing volunteers who are going to take a look at them over the summer months to give us an insight into the reptile populations on Gower.

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