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.
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.
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:(