Wye Valley volunteers set for latest green project
8:10pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
CONSERVATION volunteers working to protect wildlife in the Wye Valley are preparing to embark on their latest project.
The volunteers, who give up their time for the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, have spent the past three years working at Trellech, near Monmouth.
The lowland valley bog at Cleddon is managed by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), is the best example of a lowland bog habitat in Monmouthshire and is among the most rare and threatened habitats in the country.
The volunteers, under the direction of staff from the Countryside Council for Wales, carried out work to fell and clear the site of willow and birch seedlings and mapped good areas of bog habitat to enable CCWstaff to update the site plan and monitor change alongside management practice into the future.
Now that the area has been given over to livestock they are turning their attention to a new project – a former common known as Beacon Hill.
The 28-hectare heathland restoration project is owned by the Forestry Commission and managed by Gwent Wildlife Trust.
To get involved contact Sarah Sawyer, via e-mail at community@wyevalleyaonb.