Update: Delivering for nature at Dolaucothi

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Over the cold and wet winter months we have managed to clear over 10.5ha of diseased woodland at Allt Dolaucothi.

The trees that have been felled were primarily Larch which, in early 2017, were diagnosed with Phytophthora Ramorum - a fungus-like pathogen that causes extensive damage and death to a wide range of trees and plants. Urgent action was needed before it spread across the estate.

It’s never nice to see entire woodland cleared away but we are positive that this work is a step in the right direction for improving the ecological health of the area.

As a result of the clearance work there are now several large areas of open canopy at the site and we’re already seeing some regeneration of native oaks, which is great news.

Our next steps will be to work with our volunteers and other partnership groups to begin replanting the area with locally native broadleaf trees and fruiting shrubs. Eventually the woodland will be part of a joined up network of wildlife friendly corridors on the Dolaucothi estate. This connectivity will give species the chance to establish larger, more sustainable populations and to create new ones too. This in turn will make habitats on our land less susceptible to climate change.

We want our visitors to walk through these woods in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds them. The woodland will provide the ideal hunting and roosting habitats for a range of bats and during the breeding season, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of pied flycatchers, red starts and wood warblers. One day, we hope that the pine martens, which have been re-introduced nearby, will approve of the work we’ve done here and make it their home too.