So the title of this months volunteering blog should be no surprise by now….
We spent quite a mega amount of time in March undertaking hedgelaying in the Vile, Rhossili.
Under the expert guidance of Malcolm Edwards, the volunteers laid over 200metres of hedge, in the ‘Flying Gower’ style.
It is great using old traditions to bring these hedgerows back to life, and will provide shelter for stock and a haven for wildlife, such as these ‘bloody-nosed beetles’ on billhook!
The Saturday group spent the day in Mewslade Valley, with the guidance of local man Andy Roberts who is currently rebuilding the dry stone wall in the valley under the Gower Landscape Partnership. They spent the day clearing scrub from the old wall and taking it down ready to be rebuilt.
Whilst I spent a week walking in the Lake District, Mark took on responsibility for the volunteers, thankful for getting out of the office for a while. He took them to Whitemoor on the back of Rhossili Down to undertake some habitat maintenance work for the Southern Damselfly – a rare species in the UK.
This involved the re profiling of the ditches and watercourses to ensure the water flows at a slow steady pace ideal for successful breeding.
We held our annual start of season meeting for all staff and volunteers to get together. We looked at what we had achieved last year and looked ahead to the plans for this year.
There was a real buzz in the air as Al discussed future plans for the Vile at Rhossili and we are all looking forward to an exciting and busy year.
The last couple of days of the month saw us at Cwm Ivy. Firstly to collect logs to distribute to the holiday cottages, and then to repair the pony pen in the corner of the Marsh.
Frank, who is also a volunteer with the National Coastwatch Institution sent me this rather nice photo of a wet looking Chough outside the Lookout Station at Rhossili. Thank you Frank.
There are many birds wheeling around now as spring is definitely in the air. We’ve had a lovely display by red kites this week in the Vile, although no signs of any opsreys at Cwm Ivy yet…..
Its been a really good start to the year and as I write this, the sun is shining, the lambs are frolicking and its looks like it could be an awesome April………