Through the Sustaining Caerphilly’s Lansdcape project Caerphilly Woodlands Trust, received additional support to help us manage ‘Coed-y-Werin – The People’s Wood’ and as a result we continue welcome old and new visitors to learn more about why woodlands are important and what is involved in keeping them accessible for future generations with ecological reports to inform us about the biodiversity of our woodland.
The project was delivered with support via Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Rural Development Programme and Countryside and Landscape Service through the Welsh Governments Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Welsh Government.
Caerphilly Woodlands Trust are partnering up again with Coed Lleol – Small Woods, to put on 6 weekly sessions (6 part course) of a Woodland Wellbeing Outdoor Learning course accredited by Agored Cymru, Lvl 2 in Practical Skills in the Outdoors. These will be commencing on the 20th of February 10:00 to 13:30 to 27th March. We’ll be looking at how to set up and run wellbeing activities in the Woods, how to build and safely maintain a fire, learn knots to build a temporary shelter, make sustainable, nature crafts and so much more.
For further information on how to join contact email@example.com but hurry available places are limited and going fast.
The Trustees will be holding Caerphilly Woodlands Trusts Annual Meeting Sunday 26th February
This year we plan to hold our annual meeting within our woodland. We have the opportunity to erect our CWT Gazebo funded by Welsh Governments Rural Development Fund within the woods so that we may involve our fabulous volunteers in all parts of our Trusts activities.
Our onsite woodland meeting will commence at 10:00 am, afterwards we plan to get straight back to picking up our tools and making the most of our last work day opportunity before we sit back and let mother nature take over her role in looking after our woods until nesting and breeding season is over in September.
If you would like to join us come along to Coed y Werin, learn what we do, have done and plan to do going forward in keeping this amazing place for nature a sanctuary for community and wildlife.
Once again Caerphilly Woodlands Trust and its volunteers won the prestigeous Green Flag Award, the recognised standard for outstanding green spaces.
We’re proud to be helping nature’s recovery by protecting our native woodland, its species rich hedgerows and creating this biodiverse space for the community to enjoy.
One in six species in Wales is under threat. It’s a shocking statistic but if we work together and take urgent action, we can reverse this decline. By working with and supporting volunteers we are empowering young and old within our community to drive this environmental change. It takes bold action if we are going to create a more sustainable and resilient future for our children and their children.
“Therefore it goes without saying that if not for the dedication of Trustees and volunteers, we would not have achieved this prestigious award, a recognition of their hard work and dedication. I want to give a massive shout out to all of our wonderful volunteers, past and present, who have contributed their time freely to this amazing community activity.
Volunteers in Wales have a value of at least £757 million per year but give their time for nothing but for the benefit of their community.
If we are to build a better and safer world for our children and grandchildren we will need the dedication and good will of volunteers like these more than ever.They are indeed truly priceless”
We started with a flurry of activity firstly with installing 50 dormouse boxes wthin the woodland as part of the People Trust for Endangered Species dormice monitoring
Hazel dormice are enigmatic and endearing. They are also threatened with extinction. National monitoring shows the population of hazel dormice has declined by half since 2000 with the species hanging on mostly in southern parts of England and Wales. Climate change, as well as changes in woodland management, farming practices and loss of hedgerows, have all taken a heavy toll on their living space. Dormice are good indicators of animal and plant diversity, and dormouse-friendly habitats are also good for woodland birds, bats and butterflies which is why we’re working hard to reverse the decline and promote recovery.
Hazel dormice rely on good tree and shrub diversity to provide them with food when they are active. They will feed on shrub flowers in spring, insects over summer and fruit and nuts in autumn. Their specialised diet isn’t available over winter, so they hibernate on the ground for about five months until spring.
Such a long hibernation reduces their active period and they generally produce only a single litter (although they may occasionally produce two litters) of four young, usually in August or September. On average dormice live for three years but they can live up to five years in the wild.
Thanks to Sandra and Peter Wells, ecologists, for sharing thier time and expertise with us to help install 50 Dormouse Boxes within our woods and for commencing the program of monitoring.
Today in Coed y Werin we undertook some tidying and a bit of general maintenance within the woods, checking for fallen trees and obstacles and looking to where we will need to widen the rides, also known as tracks, come September.
Our management plan tells us we need to create more light in the woodland to create some really good open habitat and we don’t need to remove trees to do this, instead widening the rides creates excellent wildlife habitat.
Today we used coppiced wood, we had stored from earlier in the year, to fix a hedge around the long pond. Although a very hot day, and quite physical work, it was carried out under the dappled shade of the tree canopy.
Lovely start, I met up with two of my fellow Trustees and we discovered a small nest, not sure if had falled from a tree from a gust of wind or had been victim to another creature, I later asked our Patron, Iolo Williams, what bird may have once been its owner and he thought it was probably a siskin.
That little nest and some owl pellets and another Goldfinch fallen nest were all put safely away for the school Nature Table.
The purpose of our visit into our woods this day was to meet two lovely ecologists, Sandra & Peter, who have volunteered to help Monitor our Dormice. We walked around the site and looked at where the best Dormouse locations were to commence the plan of monitoring.
I have now registered the site as part of the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) so the journey begins to learn more about our furry little residents.
Sadly PTES’ national monitoring shows the population of hazel dormice has declined by half since 2000, with the species hanging on mostly in southern parts of England and Wales. So you see it’s important that we help inform the research with out local information about how well they are doing in our woodland.
Eventually we all had to run for cover as the heavens opened and drenched us all.
The work session today was about finishing work clearing the scrub-boggy area near ‘Waterfall Way’ to let in more light and encourage wild flowers and mosses to grow.
This work is all in line with our ‘5 year management plan’ from an ecology plan produced for us as part of the Caerphilly Landscapes Project, to collate and summarise existing ecological data pertaining to the site which informed the production of our current management plan for the period from 2020 to 2025.
The report was produced by Sturgess Ecology
The waterfall and Scouring Brook stream were looking lovely today after the recent rainfall.