Posted by: Claire Hannington | December 4, 2015

November rain

So maybe I shouldn’t have bragged about still working in t-shirts last month. This month has definitely been one for waterproofs.

We kicked off with a working holiday – our last on Gower for the time being. The first day was lovely and they cracked on with some hedgelaying at the farm as well as a stroll after lunch to take a look at the coast.

WH Looking out to sea

The next day heralded the start of the rain – more hedgelaying was undertaken along with our regular volunteers and we also put in the section of fence in front of the hedge to protect it from the sheep. We replaced a couple of gate posts with a little help from a demolition hammer as the old ones were put in in rather a lot of concrete!

Kango hammer

In the afternoon I took the working holiday group for a walk out to Worms Head as the tides were just right. I had promised we would see seals and luckily we were not disappointed.

There were several hauled out on the rocks, with lots of young too. Thanks to Carol our WH leader for this photo.

Seal pup

They also spent a day in Bishopston Valley coppicing, and finished the week back at the farm to finish their hedge and fence. A satisfying week – I just hope they have all dried out.

WH group

We were also joined by some students from Trinity College Carmarthen undertaking 2 days of practical conservation work as part of their outdoor recreation degree. Thanks to them for all their hard work.

The Saturday group was once again blessed with good weather – I really don’t know how it happens 🙂 We were planning on coppicing but the site was just too steep and slippery so we cleared the hillfort instead. We do this every year as part of an ongoing management agreement with CADW.

SG1

The following week our weekday volunteers went back and finished clearing the hillfort and we also spent a rather soggy day doing some more coppicing.

We spent a day strimming gorse below the lookout at Rhossili, whilst some of the volunteers undertook some dry stone wall repairs.

We also spent a day at Port Einon Point clearing cotoneaster and a day at Penmaen on Cefn Bryn clearing silver birch saplings that were encroaching out onto the common.

Whilst I enjoyed a week walking in the Lake District Emma took the volunteers out to carry on with clearing the gorse below the Lookout, dry stone walling, clearing a fallen tree at Cwm Ivy, and another day at Port Einon clearing cotoneaster. A thank you to Emma for continuing to help us out.

 

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