Working closely with Coed Cymru and Coed Cadw-The Woodland Trust in Wales, the Bryn Arw Commoners Association secured the consent of the landowners, the graziers and all the relevant consultees. Permission to erect a fence on the common for 12 years was granted by the Welsh Planning Inspectorate on 10/5/19.
Ground preparations were carried out over summer 2020. Planting began in December 2020. In exceptional circumstances due to coronavirus restrictions and against the odds, the plant was completed in March 2021.
With the assistance of Coed Cadw-The Woodland Trust in wales, a botanical survey was carried out on Bryn Arw. Transects were laid in Spring 2020, before ground preparations for planting on the common began. In this video, Alison Wheeler, an ecologist with over 30 years of field experience, outlines how the survey works.
With this baseline data, we will continue to record the flora on Bryn Arw annually.
In the spring and summer of 2022, professional ecologists returned to Bryn Arw to train our volunteers in how to conduct bird, butterfly and flora surveys. We now have over 30 volunteers with the skills to record the changes to the biodiversity that are taking place inside and outside the plant site on Bryn Arw, over the years, and even decades, to come.
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