Preparing for our work schedule

Each year our work season starts in September and allows us to work in our Woodland to the end of March the following year. This enables us to manage our woodland landcape without disturbing nesting wildlife.

A little bit of clearing required at our gate to provide a proper welcome to visitors

Nesting season here in the UK can last from February to the end of August depending on location, species and weather and is an exciting time for wildlife fans.

As a responsible woodland organisation we, at Caerphilly Woodlands Trust, abide by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the European Habitats Directive 1992, which means we plan our work schedule outside of nesting season and we never touch a site with an active nest.

The edge of the Rhondda No2 Coal seam

Yesterday evening we met with Ben Evans from the British Institute for Geological Conservation (BIGC), National Museum Wales to talk about what needed to be done around our Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) the areas of exposed and interesting geology within our woods.

Many people will never have seen where coal comes from so the BIGC with our volunteers some years ago excavated an embankment in the heart of our woods and cut away a nine metre high basin.

Visitors to our woodlands can see the Rhondda No2 coal seam without having to venture underground.

Ben Evans

Together we walked through each area and discussed the clearing of green growth over the rocks and what needed to be left and what needed a more concentrated plan of work.

What a super evening it was to walk the woods, sun dappled and brushed by a gentle breeze.

Looking through the tree canopy at the evening sunshine