Heather, Pillwort & Pools Project on Beacon Hill

Project Profile: The Heather, Pillwort and Pools

In 2009, Radnorshire Wildife Trust received funding from Biffa Award to set up the Heather, Pillwort and Pools Project.

Aims:

  • to gather up-to-date information about the species of birds, plants animals and insects on the Beacon.
  • to reduce the areas of bracken.
  • to improve the conservation value of the ponds.

Outcomes:

  • creation of 27 new pools and scrapes
  • bracken control on over 200ha
  • detailed baseline surveys of aquatic vegetation and invertebrates
  • summer bird surveys
  • monitoring of the red grouse population
  • heather condition surveys
  • advice from The Heather Trust on land management issues
  • raised awareness of the importance of Beacon Hill amongst the local community
  • baseline survey of gorse encroachment on Pool Hill
  • repair of Beacon Lodge Pool dam
  • monitoring of recreation and other uses with help of volunteers
  • moth surveys with the help of volunteers
  • removal of a major eyesore with the help of volunteers
  • lobbying of The Crown Estate over the various issues affecting Beacon Hill
  • purchase of 197 acre Cnwch Bank (part of Beacon Hill Common)