June’s Summery

A crop of barley, undersown with poppies on the Vile, Rhossili, Gower

This June we spent a lot of time clearing bracken and thistles, which meant getting the scythes out

A summery June with Claire Hannington, Area Ranger

It was WCADA that got started with the clearance work, using the scythes to clear thistles from the banks around the hay meadows, clearing bracken at Penmaen Burrows and making a start on the bracken on the Warren. 

The Saturday group continued the theme, clearing the bracken, but this time, by hand pulling, at Penmaen Burrows – the sand making it easier to just pull the bracken up. This is an area of dune heath that we are trying to restore with the help of both volunteers and some ponies, clearing the bracken to allow the beautiful flowers to flourish. 

We spent a couple of days in the Vile, putting in two more new field gates. One was into a field called Priest Hay in which we have sown a wildlife friendly crop of barley and poppies. The poppies are now in full bloom and the whole field alive with insects and butterflies. 

We also spent a day at Cwm Ivy, strimming the footpaths and restocking our log stores. Our monthly Big Beach Clean Challenge focused on Overton. We managed to gather a few bags from the beach but also worked our way around the coast to Port Eynon Point and onto Port Eynon beach (not NT but the rubbish has no boundaries, so we carried on). 

At Pennard, we removed a bench from West Cliff that had been undermined and was looking in a rather sad state. We hope to replace it in the near future as it is a cracking viewpoint. We cleared the rubbish from the bin at Pwll Du, and then moved on to Kittle Green to clear round the bench. We ended up back at Pennard with a litterpick around the car park. 

A team from Virgin Media joined us for the day at Penmaen Burrows to clear more bracken. A nice change of scenery from the office, they uncovered lots of heather that will now have a chance to expand its habitat. 

Back in the Vile, we changed two old rickety stiles to pedestrian gates on the footpath out to Fall Bay. 

Whilst I enjoyed a week in Scotland, Kathryn took the volunteers out thistle clearing and Mark spent a day with them in conjunction with the Wildlife Trust at Common Cliff, dry stone walling. 

We had two groups join us on a litter pick at Whitford. Thanks to the teams from the DVLA and the Heath Hospital, we cleared a large amount of plastic and fishing waste from the beach. 

At Penmaen Burrows we resurfaced the path and cleared out the ditches along with an afternoon of bracken clearance. We also cleared around the Church and burial chamber. 

The final day of June saw us on the Warren, scything bracken, the volunteers are getting back into the swing of it…..