Monday, 16 October 2017

Cardiff University visit

On 4th Oct, Nant Fawr was visited by 50 undergraduate Biosciences students from Cardiff University. They spent the morning in the meadows and woodland, learning about the history and management of the local area. Kevin Date gave inspirational talks about the past, present and future of rural and urban ecosystems in the UK. We are incredibly lucky in Cardiff to have such great access to a range of green spaces whether that be carefully managed roadside curbs or the many Arboretums, but in order to maintain wildlife we need connectively between all the different habitat types, and of course that needs a lot of work.  Hopefully, this visit helped demonstrated the value of “Conservation on Your Doorstep”. 

The group were accompanied by post-graduate students Nia Thomas and Kath Whitley, Dr Rhys Jones (yes, you might have seen him on TV: and our own Nant Fawr Committee member Professor Jo Cable (

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Work day, Sunday October 29th

The next work day will be on
October 29th, from 10a.m. to 12 noon
We shall be undertaking: 
Coppicing of the willow and hazel trees adjacent to the sloping path towards Boggy Meadow and cutting back of bramble along the path edges. We shall also be clearing the drainage channels in preparation for the winter rains.  
Meeting place: the Reservoir Car Park
(entrance via lane next to no. 127 Rhydypenau Rd)

Monday, 9 October 2017

Work on the Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoir area by Welsh Water

Start:Monday, 2nd Oct End: Wednesday, 20th Dec 
Welsh Water are working at Lisvane and Llanishen reservoirs.

They need to carry out work to some of the chambers located along the footpath between the edge of the Lisvane reservoir and Black Oak Road.
 In order to carry out the work as safely and quickly as possible, they need to temporarily close the stretch of footpath running behind Rhyd-y-Blewyn Farm and 117 Black Oak Road. The closure will begin on Monday 2nd October and the work will take 6 weeks to complete.

A temporary alternative route along Black Oak Road will be in place while they work and will be signposted locally.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Hay Rake, September 24th 2017

 The weather was warm and dry as 25 volunteers got to work at the Hay Rake. The two High School meadows had been mown and the grass was removed to avoid the soil nutrient level increasing as it decays – this means we should have more wild flowers next Spring.
A few volunteers also worked at the margins of the meadows to remove some of the undergrowth overgrowing the site.
We were also pleased to welcome five pupils from Cardiff High school who will be completing their community volunteering hours with us. We hope that they will gain some insight about managing the environment whilst we benefit from their hard work.

Thank you also to the support team who provided the usual cider (plus non-alcoholic drinks!) and welsh cakes that accompany this event.