This week sixteen cadets from 1429 Squadron came to Ynys-hir to plant 70 trees in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps and 100 years of the RSPB in Wales. They planted a mixture of crab apple, alder buckthorn, blackthorn and hawthorn to create a dense scrub area to provide shelter and lots of berries for the birds. We are also hoping to increase numbers of brimstone butterfly as alder buckthorn is the only food plant for the caterpillars of this scarce species.
The cadets did a fantastic job and planted the trees in no time so they spent the rest of the day helping our staff and volunteers to pull up birch saplings from the Covert Coch bog. Thanks to 1429 Squadron for all their hard work and look out for us in the Cambrian News next week.
Local artist Chris Wallbank has done some incredible illustrations of birds and scenery at Ynys-hir. My favourite is the barnacle geese at Spring tide. They look amazing! Check out his blog http://cwallbank.blogspot.com