Posted by: Claire Hannington | April 10, 2015

March – part 2

We have all had a very busy month this March, and my first day as Seasonal Ranger for the Gower team was bathed in glorious sunshine. We had a great day litter picking Rhossili beach with the help of staff and students from Morriston Comprehensive school. They also helped us litter pick the Llangenith end later that month. Well that’s one beach cleaned, but we have the rest of them still to do starting in April.

We also had help from another group,  a small but enthusiastic team from ‘Kick Start’ joined our demolition crew. We dismantled a section of dry stone wall surrounding the Viles at Rhossili, grading the piles into small/medium/large stone. This is in preparation for their repair and reconstruction. We found many rocks with lovely detailed fossils within them.

0000 wall before 2 VILES DSW AFTER

Our Wednesday group did a brilliant job of clearing brambles, and rebuilding a wall in the garden of the Coastguards Holiday cottage. It was so warm the first day we worked there, that we all striped down to t-shirts and enjoyed a sunny tea break on the patio. A taste of the summer yet to come we hope.

The other big job we all worked on in March, was preparing Cwm Ivy for the big Neptune Day celebration. We repaired fencing near the entrance, and took delivery of a flat pack kit form bird hide (with almost no instructions!). The hide’s location was chosen near the lodge, in a beautiful spot overlooking the marsh. Its construction kept us busy all week, the foundation work was slow, as we took care to get a level surface. Then we sped up as the floor, walls and roof went up. On Thursday we were joined by members of the Ospreys Rugby team as part of their ‘Pitch In’ scheme. The lads helped construct the hide, fixing walls in place and setting fence posts. We all had a great time, and the Ospreys team enjoyed learning more about our project to encourage Osprey birds to nest in the area.

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And last but not least, we all had a great time on our Neptune Celebration Day. There was a guided walk, a film screening, talks and presentations, a book signing, and the bird hide was officially opened by Iolo Williams. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Neptune Project, and learn more about the past and future of the Cwm Ivy area.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped on all the work during March. And many thanks to everyone for being so welcoming and helping me settle into the new job. I am really looking forward to working with you all this summer, lets hope its a long and sunny one.

Emma

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