Posted by: Claire Hannington | October 30, 2015

October silhouetted

I can’t believe we are still working in t-shirts and its nearly November. Although the nights are definitely chilling off.

We kicked off October with the Saturday group litterpicking the Llangennith end of Rhossili beach – we had a good turnout and managed to cover about a mile of beach.

Sat group litter

We followed that on the Monday with 36 students from Morriston Comprehensive School who started at the Rhossili end of the beach – we didn’t quite make it to the same point, but nearly. Must remember to start in the middle next time.

The volunteers put in a new gate opposite the Lodge at Cwm Ivy, and cleared all the brash from a tree that had come down across the track. We also cleared 2 large patches of Sea Buckthorn at Whiteford – one area on the beach and the other in the dunes out by the last plantation. Although a native species in Eastern Britain it has become an issue where it has been introduced in the west, due to its ability to sucker prolifically.

We finished the dry stone wall by the Rectory at Rhossili. The volunteers did an amazing job on it.

DSW at Rectory (before) completed DSW

We emptied the litter bin at Pwll Du and also removed a very large tree that had come down across one of the footpaths in Bishopston Valley.

We replaced a gate post at the farm and finished strimming the orchard and raking all the cut grass off to improve the hay meadow. It looked amazing this year so hopefully next year will be even better.

On a beautiful sunny Thursday myself and the volunteers took ourselves on a (team building!) trip – to Burry Holms – the tidal island at the other end of Rhossili beach. Its been on my to do list for years and well worth it.

Burry Holms 7 group silhouette

7 stoat Heron 1

At Whiteford we spent a couple of days removing the old damaged fence line near the beach, and the volunteers spent a day on Ryers Down clearing rhododendron, whilst I went up to Ceredigion to help round up the ponies – which after an hour and a half running round the coastal slope we did succeed.

Kathryn had a group of students from Olchfa School start to clear the gorse at Hunts Bay, Pennard, which we continued with this Wednesday just gone. It will be one of our regular winter tasks.

This week we also cleared out the ditch behind the pond at Llanrhidian Marsh and tidied up some of the tree felling that NRW did last year in the plantations at Whiteford.

October seems to have flown by and I’m not sure how we crammed all that work in, but thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers we did.

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