Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire ranger blog

If you have ever wanted to find out about all elements of our work from woodlands to uplands, estate management to conservation and nature, then look no further.

Vistoria Squire, project officer for the Welsh Peatlands SMS (South) carrying out a peat bog survey at Abergwesyn Hill common, Powys

June 2018 - The importance of peat

For centuries, peat has been viewed as a resource to be exploited for heating and compost, but now views are changing. The importance of peatlands for wildlife and climate change is becoming more apparent and Project Officer Vicky explains in our latest blog what she's doing to help restore it.

Area ranger for the Brecon Beacons National Trust stimming near a picnic bench, one of many maintenance tasks carried out to keep our places special

May 2018 - caring for our sites

The rangers within the Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire team are often working independantly doing different jobs but ultimately working together to achieve the same goal. This month's blog looks at the diversity of area ranger Simon's role and how he cares for our sites to ensure they remain special.

Jess Whitehead, a ranger with the Brecon Beacons National Trust, working in a meadow carrying out a wildflower survey

April 2018 - spring has sprung, time to survey

It's important we carry out regular monitoring of all our sites to aid our conservation work and ensure the habitats we look after can thrive for future generations to see. Read what conservation ranger Jess and her fellow colleagues have planned for a season of surveys.

Lead ranger for the Brecon Beacons National Trust carrying tools in preparation for footpath repair work

March 2018 - footpath erosion, an ongoing problem

Combating erosion on our upland footpaths is an ongoing job and a vital part of our conservation work. With thousands of people visiting the central Brecon Beacons every year, lead ranger Rob and his team have a big job on their hands, read our latest blog to find out how he does it.

One of the woodland rangers with the Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire National Trust team

February 2018 - bringing back the past, a woodland story

Patience is the key when managing woodland especially when you set out on a project to turn a conifer plantation back to ancient woodland. This month's blog comes from woodland ranger Tim who talks about the regeneration of the Skirrid near Abergavenny.

Full Time Volunteer taking a breather whilst repairing footpaths in the central Brecon Beacons

January 2018 - life as a Full Time Volunteer

Welcome to the first Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire ranger blog of 2018 coming from one of our woodland Full Time Volunteers talking about his experience with the team and the benefits of volunteering with the National Trust.