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Exploring Gilfach Darganfod Gilfach

Our 'Exploring Gilfach' project has begun and continues until the end of December 2018. We hope you will enjoy the activities we put on and improvements that we make during the project.

About Gilfach

Gilfach nature reserve is an old upland farm, set in scenic landscape rich in wildlife and history, near Rhayader in Mid-Wales. Our project will provide new interpretation, better access and new opportunities for learning so that a wider range of people are encouraged to explore the reserve.


The project began in September 2016 and will continue until December 2018 with a variety of improvements and activities taking place during this time. Existing staff member Darylle Hardy is the project manager and is overseeing capital work and paperwork. Our project officer is Barbara Brown and she is employed from March 2017 to  October 2018 to run activities, training and events as well as supporting volunteering at Gilfach. Our assistant project officer over the summer has been Phil Evans who has been helping to run activities, undertaking moth trapping at different sites on the reserve and working with other staff and volunteers. You can find his report on Welsh Clearwings in the download section below.


There are lots of opportunities for volunteering and training with the project. A new Gilfach Ranger group takes place fortnightly on Fridays at Gilfach. Please get in touch with Barbara (barbara@rwtwales.org) or Darylle (darylle@rwtwales.org) if you are interested in helping with project activities.

 

Interpretation

Over the first year, with the help of contractors and volunteers, we are developing new interpretation and information about Gilfach. A new interpretation hub is being built at Pont Marteg by Tony Price Ltd and specialists Red Kite are designing and implementing new interpretation around the reserve,in the new hub and in the byre.


We are still looking for volunteers to help with digitising old photos, recording stories from the local community and  volunteers, making short films about Gilfach, its wildlife, history and people, researching the landscape history of Gilfach and making information about species more easily accessible to the public. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Barbara or Darylle.

 

Events this autumn include:

  • Lichen training 7/10/17 (fully booked)
  • Moss training 8/10/17 (fully booked)
  • Family activities at half term
  • Fungal fireworks walk with Ray Woods on Nov 5th 2017 (2pm at the farmyard)

See the events section of the RWT website for more information.

Training about lower plants and invertebrates

In 2017 people enjoyed training in lichen, mosses, pollinators, butterfly transects, meadow invertebrates, and fungi. In 2018 a new programme of training activities will take place. Please contact Barbara barbara@rwtwales.org to go on the email list for notification of dates.

A wider range of people at Gilfach

The Gilfach Volunteer Ranger Group meets fornightly on Fridays. This year volunteers have helped with a variety of tasks at Gilfach  including maintenance jobs, clearing marauding brambles from footpaths, chatting with visitors, and monitoring wildlife. People have learned about different botantical species, helped with the annual hay meadow survey, learned how to use a GPS and worked with staff during activity days, running the visitor centre. Please contact Barbara barbara@rwtwales.org for information on joining the group.


During the year project staff have given talks about Gilfach to a variety of groups like Action for Hearing Loss, Mid Powys Mind and various local WIs. They have run fun outdoor activities for Play Radnor, Celf of Gwmpas, various youth groups and families. More to come in 2018.

 

Improving visitor facilities

With the help of volunteers and contractors, we have been busy improving the visitor facilities, including upgrading sections of footpaths, water-efficiency measures in the toilets, new lighting  in the barn, new paving in front of the barn and a new tap a for drinking water in the byre. We have also created a new but steep and strenuous walk over Wyloer for the intrepid!

In 2018 a contractor will be replacing existing damaged windows and doors in the barn and installing new oak windows frames and better double glazing. An electrician will be installing sensor lighting in the byre so people can read the new interpretation!
 

Downloads

FilenameFile size
Gilfach Interpretation Strategy and Action Plan2.12 MB
Exploring Gilfach Activity Plan825.69 KB
Gilfach Heritage Assessment Final Report2.6 MB
Welsh Clearwing Report 2017 by Phil Evans4.78 MB
Welsh Clearwing Field Guide by Phil Evans4.72 MB