Our incredible volunteers have had a busy year so far! Over 40 volunteer days have been held since January 2019 and volunteers have worked an amazing 1173 hours. This time has been spent managing habitats, maintaining footpaths, clearing invasive species and even helping to build a compost toilet!
Volunteers have contributed to:
24 habitat management days including:
- 7 days repairing boundaries such as fences and drystone walls to secure livestock.
- 11 tree planting days where over 3000 trees were planted.
- 6 days doing other habitat management tasks such as scrub clearance and alder coppicing to manage woodland and grassland habitats.
6 footpath maintenance days where 8.25 km of footpaths were maintained. Volunteers have worked hard to clear drains and culverts, remove invading vegetation. They have also made and installed way markers.
9 invasive species management days including:
- 6 Rhododendron clearance days where 1.624 hectares were cleared. Much of this work took place in Nant Gwynant – feeding directly into Snowdonia National Park Authority’s Rhododendron management plan and the LIFE project currently underway.
- 3 days clearing invasive conifer and birch trees; this is vital wetland management work as these trees quickly colonise wetlands, suck up water and eventually, if they are not removed, significantly dry out wetlands. This has catastrophic consequences for biodiversity, water filtration & storage and carbon storage.
A big thank you to all our volunteers, this achievement is yours, and without your hard work our work would not be possible. If you would like to make a difference, get active and learn about Snowdonia, why not get involved?
Partnership working is a key part of our work and recent practical partners include Snowdonia National Park Authority, North Wales Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Natural Resources Wales, The Woodland Trust and Pensychnant Conservation Centre.