News & Events 2020
FRIDAY 24th JANUARY 2020 - A tribute from Society Secretary John Hillier
"It is with great sadness to hear that our chairman and founding director David White has passed away. David was inspirational in leading our Society since becoming our chair and he has also been supportive in the community as a whole. Personally I have known David for over 30 years, receiving my first pair of overalls from him as an apprentice whilst at British Steel Corporation.
Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands Preservation Society wishes to thank David for his contribution, he will be sorely missed.
The entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers."
Aug 2011 - David pictured willow fence training with Lionel Griffiths & Graham Hughes
FEBRUARY 2020 - UPROOTED TREE REPLANTED
A tree near the Upper Boat Pond had been uprooted by one of the recent gales, and John Hillier carried out some work to try and save the tree, he commented :-
'Wasn’t sure if we could save the tree, only time will tell. The haircut will help'
MARCH 2020 - MANAGEMENT OF LITTLE LANE HAWTHORN EDGE
Sat 7th March - Nice bit of work this morning transplanting a few hawthorn saplings at Little Lane. Thanks to Scott Ambler for clearing the bad bits.
APRIL 2020 - CONSTRUCTION OF RAMP FOR AMPHIBIANS
John Hillier constructed and added a modification to the butterfly pond today whilst it was quiet. The purpose... so the likes of newts and other amphibians can climb out of the pond more easily.
APRIL 2020 - NEW BIRD BOXES
John Hillier spent his "lock down" day building a few more bird boxes to replace the old ones.
27th MARCH 2020 - BIRD HIDE HAS BEEN DAMAGED AGAIN
Do you know where your children are during lockdown?
Thanks to some unruly youths your bird hide has been damaged again
7th MAY 2020 - GRASS CUT AT HIGHLANDS ROAD ENTRANCE
Report by John Hillier
A busy day today cutting the grass at the entrance and the public right of way towards Blaen Cendl.
Updated the information board and just had a little extra time to install a little bench that the kids at Ebbw Fawr made a while back.
26 th MAY 2020 - INFORMAL PATH HIGHLANDS ROAD TO BLAEN CENL COVERED
Report by John Hillier :- A big thanks to Clive Francis Arboricultural Services. (Tree Care)
for the donation of wood chip. It has gone a long way to cover some of our informal pathways. A little more to do but every little bit helps.
1st JUNE 2020 - BAT BOXES INSTALLED
A big thank you to the children of All Saint’s, Blaenau Cwm and Willowtown Primary Schools for producing the bat boxes. Now located in an area where they will hopefully roost. We need to trim a few branches
AUGUST 2020 - WHITE EGRET
These images of a white egret on the lower Boat Pond were taken by Les Price and are reproduced with his permission
AUGUST 2020 - DECORATIVE STONES
During lockdown, children have been decorating pieces of stone and pebbles, and placing them in a long 'snake' along the path near the bridge on the Upper Boat Pond.
NOVEMBER 2020 - URBAN HEDGEHOG PROJECT
The Urban Hedgehog Project is a local campaign to encourage neighbours to work together to help hedgehogs in their neighbourhoods. It was launched in October 2020
We would also like to ask people to record and submit sightings of hedgehogs via the L.E.R.C Wales app on their mobile phones. (Local Environmental Records Centres)
(To find out more about the project, please click on the posters to enlarge them)