We were joined at the beginning of February by members of the NT Ranger team from the Penrose estate in Cornwall.We visited them last year, although sadly I missed out on that one, so it was an exchange trip to share working practices and ideas as well as having a bit of a fab time. They helped us out with scrub clearance on Cwm Ivy Tor on the Thursday and cleared some gorse from Old Castle Camp, Rhossili on the Friday before having a tour over to Worm’s Head and round the Vile.
The Saturday group undertook some gorse clearance at Hunts Bay, Pennard – a task which will be finished off by contractors, to help us complete our winter scrub clearance work.
The ride at Cwm Ivy has been completed and with new light billowing into the area plants are beginning to flourish.
We’ve already seen our first butterfly of the year too. I wonder what else we will find lurking in the woods…
That’ll be some volunteers then!
We finished the one section of fencing in the Hay Meadow in the Vile, but have been unable to continue with the other fields as it has just been too wet to access them.
Whilst I spent the day in Ceredigion (I do quite like it up there and I love the ponies) Alys took the volunteers out to Ryers Down to continue with the Rhododendron clearance. She was spotted by the neighbours..
We’ve spent 2 days at Whitemoor on the back of Rhossili Down clearing gorse. It has all become really tall, a fire hazard and not very valuable to wildlife, so have been taking out sections each year. I would have taken a photo to put on here but this is pretty much what it would have come out like…a low mist hung over us for both days.
To finish off the month we spent a couple of days at Cwm Ivy removing the fence from around the pond on the marsh, which was in a very bad state of disrepair. We planned it so it was low tides and the marsh hadn’t been covered with water for a few days. Despite this it was tough going carrying all the posts and wire back across the marsh to the trailer, but fair play to everyone, we got it done.
So lets see how mega March can be…can you see the pattern developing here….?