Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
Wednesday 19th February 2014 - Seven Hornbeam standards delivered and each one rolled into pre-dug holes ready to be filled in, on the following Saturday, nine volunteers (John, Roy, John, David, Susan, Eric, Rob, Damien and Julian) helped to plant and stake the trees at the Highlands Road entrance.
March 2014 - Repairs to the Bird Hide
During October and November 2011, a bird hide was constructed on the north bank of ther lower boat pond, with an expected life of 15 years (usual life of willow hurdles)
it came as a disappointment to see that the extreme weather we have experienced lately had destroyed the willow panels. With funding from Environment Wales it was agreed to repair and construct and additional section to the existing hide. The work began on February 28th 2014 and photos of the progress can be seen below, hopefully it will be ready for this years nesting Mute Swans. Many thanks to Environment Wales for the funding. - this report was taken from society secretary John Hilliers Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands Facebook page, follow this and other projects, by clicking on the link to the right.
March 2014 - Constructing a reen - John Hillier, Roy Lynch and John Lewis installed the first stage of the dam that will create a reen, encouraging breeding wildfowl and invertebrates, the next stage is to include a footbridge over the reen. - Many thanks to Environment Wales who continue to support and fund Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands
February 2014 - Memorial Bench installed at Lower Boat Pond- The family of the late Mr Albert Bull of Highlands Road, installed a memorial, with the inscription :-
"In loving memory of Albert Bull 1923-2013"
29th March 2014 -New picnic table installed adjacent to Lower Boat Pond car park today. Thanks to Environment Wales for their support.
A second bench was installed further along the bank in mid April.
29th March 2014 -Three new bat boxes installed today. Many thanks to Alex from Wildwood Ecology. To visit their website, please click on the link below.
17th April 2014 A hedge planting and wildflower seed sowing event was arranged by John Hillier, who left the following report on the Facebook page :-
" A massive thank you to all that volunteered today, the event was funded by Western Power and supported by Blaenau Gwent CBC, Groundwork and Carillion.
We even had the young ones sow wildflowers provided by www.growwilduk.com and an Elm tree was planted, which supports The Great British Elm Experiment by www.conservationfoundation.co.uk. "
Below are a selection of photographs of the event, taken from the Facebook page, for further details, please click on the fololwing link to the Facebook page.
March 2014 - Views around the Ponds & Woodlands. - After the long spells of heavy rain, a few days of bright sunshine brought some life and colour to the site - the photographs below were taken on 11th March.