December Volunteer Workdays

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December Volunteer Workdays

 

3/12 Rhododendron Removal – Nant Gwynant: Rhododendron is an invasive species to Wales. In a partnership between the Snowdonia Society and the Snowdonia National Park Authority, we have been removing Rhododendron from Bryn Gwynant Youth Hostel as part of the Nant Gwynant and Beddgelert Rhododendron removal project. Our aim is to free the valley from this invasive species. Come and help us continue the fight against Rhododendron.

5/12 Litter Pick and Footpath Maintenance – Lon Gwyrfai: As part of an agreement between the Snowdonia National Park Authority and the Snowdonia Society, we will be undertaking the maintenance work on this newly linked multiuser route, where both cyclists and walkers can now walk from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert along the beautiful Rhyd Ddu valley. The purpose of the day’s work is to clear/open the drainage and culverts, where necessary, as well as collect and record any litter found, along a 2 mile stretch of Lon Gwyrfai.

Free Transport from Bangor and Caernarfon

7/12 Bats of Snowdonia: Join the Snowdonia Society at Trebor​th Botanic Gardens on 7th December where Sam Dyer, local bat expert, will be giving us an introduction to the bats of Snowdonia, their conservation and what threats face them.  Sam is a fantastic speaker and is extremely knowledgeable about all things batty.  This talk is not to be missed!

8/12 Y Dref Werdd Rhododendron – Blaenau Ffestiniog: We are proud to announce our partnership with Y Dref Werdd of Blaenau Ffestiniog, as we team up against the mighty Rhododendron. Rhododendron Ponticum is one of the top 3 invasive species to Wales and it is easy to see the damage that it has done to our native countryside. Blaenau Ffestiniog is one of the worst hit areas, which is why Y Dref Werdd have decided to tackle the problem head on. Y Dref Werdd is an environmental community project funded by the Big Lottery working with the local community on a number of projects. This is a great opportunity to work alongside likeminded people and to extend the locations of our volunteer workday program into new areas.

Free Transport from Bangor and Caernarfon

10/12 Alder Coppice – Abergwyngregyn: We are teaming up with the Natural Resources Wales, Abergwyngregyn Reserve Managers to coppice the Alder woodland at Abergwyngregyn. The Alder woodland is split into several sections and rotated through a coppicing program over 10 years. The purpose of coppicing the Alder is to promote new growth in the woodland and therefore help preserve the Alder growing there. In the past, the Alder was used by itinerate clog makers who would travel to Abergwyngregyn to harvest the Alder for the soles of their clogs. The hardier Alder, especially in wet conditions, made it the perfect wood to use. Although the clog makers are long gone the Alder still stands, come and help us preserve it.

12/12 Cors Bodgynydd Workday: A stone’s throw away from Tŷ Hyll, Cors Bodgynydd is a beautiful mosaic of open water streams, wetland, acidic grassland and heathland. If you’re interested in helping take care of this beautiful site, why not join the Snowdonia Society and the Cors Bodgynydd warden, Rob Booth, on the 12th of December? We will be helping control the conifer invasion of the wetland by pulling up and cutting saplings and Rob will be at hand to provide an introduction to the site and to answer any questions – and you can even take a Christmas tree home!

Free Transport from Bangor and Caernarfon

13/12 Christmas Wreath Making: Struggling to think of the perfect Christmas gift? Or just wondering what to do on a cold and wintery Sunday afternoon… Why not get festive and join the Snowdonia Society at the Ugly House to create a Christmas Wreath? We will be heading out to the woodland to collect materials for your wreaths, warming up with a tea by the fire, then it will be time to assemble your masterpieces! Children and adults are welcome but space is limited, so please get in touch if you’d like to join! This event will be free but donations are warmly accepted.

15/12 Woodland Workday: The upkeep and maintenance of our spectacular woodland depends on the generosity of our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers. Whether you’d like to help out with our bird survey or you fancy something a bit more physically challenging like footpath maintenance, join us to tackle this month’s woodland tasks!

Tŷ Hyll: Wildlife Garden, every Monday: An opportunity to help maintain the beautiful garden and woodland at Tŷ Hyll.

Contact Owain to register:
owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk
01286 685498

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