Habitat creation and/or destruction in the forest

For months now Newborough Forest has been thronged with machines and workmen.  There have been warning signs and hazard tapes all over the place and, all in all, it’s seemed quite an unfriendly place to be.

Early stages of the felling operations along the Postman's Trail

Early stages of the felling operations along the Postman’s Trail

Happily, the works are now nearing an end and the results are open for all to see. To the south east of the main car park and along the Postman’s Trail felling and chipping of the pines and cypresses that fringe the dunes has continued. Now there are piles of brash and mountains of chippings. Further around on the Postman’s Trail the path has been re-routed and a new area of wetland has been sculpted.  This is a favourite spawning area for frogs and toads so it will be interesting to see how they take to it over the next few months.

A newly cleared and sculpted wetland area - you can just make out the bund at the end which blocks the old path and diverts it to the right

A newly cleared and sculpted wetland area – you can just make out the bund at the end which blocks the old path and diverts it to the right

Update late April 2015

Sadly, things didn’t turn out well for the frogs. They spawned prolifically, but by the end of April, before the tadpoles had become froglets, the ditch was dry: the wetlands became drylands:(

The new "wetland" area, now dry.

The new “wetland” area, now dry.

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3 thoughts on “Habitat creation and/or destruction in the forest

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  2. Jonathan need

    Hi,
    I have been following your blog with interest. I have been surveying Newborough for fungi especially in zones where the forest meets the dunes.
    I was wondering if you would be kind enough to give me a grid reference for the location of the path you call the Postmans trail and the point where the new wetland area has been created.
    I wondered if it is the same area I have found quite a few specimens of Geastrum triplex last autumn.

    Thank you.
    Jon

    Reply
    1. Kay hortographical Post author

      Hello – I think the grid reference for the newly landscaped area is something like SH3907065319 (thanks to gridreference finder).

      The Postman’s Trail is a new name given to one of the waymarked routes for horse riders – starting from the car park at the end of the Cob it mainly follows the outermost path of the forest.

      The new landscaped area is where the Anglesey Coastal Path turns inland a bit and splits from the Postman’s Path which continues back towards the forest/dune boundary parallel to Penrhos Beach and on towards Llanddwyn. I hope that helps :)

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