Aberthaw Power Station leads the way to a successful conservation day
Last week East Aberthaw Nature Reserve was given a makeover ready for the Autumn. Almost 100 volunteers left their regular jobs and came together for a day of conservation at the site which is a local resource enjoyed by all and owned by Aberthaw Power Station.
The volunteers came from Aberthaw Power Station, Valeways, Welsh Government, Lloyds Bank, Wildlife Trust and were joined by enthusiastic local residents.
The teams were split up to tackle some of the more challenging tasks including path restoration to improve access to visitors, ditch clearance and a litter pick on the reserve. A major sweep for litter and debris was also carried out on the adjacent shingle beach and sand dunes.
East Aberthaw Nature Reserve is owned by Aberthaw Power Station and located to the east of the site. The area contains a saline lagoon, one of only four in Wales and home to a unique habitat for local animals, flora and fauna. Regular guided walks are held on the site throughout the seasons, led by the Wildlife Trust. The management of the reserve is in done conjunction with the Wildlife Trust who outline the tasks and the importance of maintaining the different areas.
We are thankful every year for the dedication and hard work of the people who joined us to help. Clearing and opening up the ditch that runs through the reserve encourages insects that in turn provide a stable food source for birds that live or pass through the area. The volunteers worked really hard to ensure the paths had a good covering of woodchip that will improve access for the visitors to the area.
The conservation day has been running since 2006 and is supported by local businesses, including Jewsons in Barry who offered discounted products and Brandon Hire who supplied the toilets.