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Dawn Chorus

Monday 7th May 2018,
5.15am - 7.30am

Venue: Gilfach

A very early morning two mile walk around the reserve to hear the Dawn Chorus as part of International Dawn Chorus Day.

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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 a 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.

Download the new Gilfach Trail Map from the foot of this webpage.


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. The assistant project officer during 2018 is Silvia Cojocaru who will help to run activities, do some moth, bird and mammal surveying as well as working with other staff and volunteers. 

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 last year, with the help of contractors and volunteers, we have  been developing new interpretation and information about Gilfach. A new interpretation hub was  built at Pont Marteg by Tony Price Ltd during the most foul winter weather, and specialists Red Kite have been designing and implementing new interpretation around the reserve, in the new hub and in the byre. It is gradually being installed by willing staff and volunteers, and should all be finished by mid-May 2018.


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.

 

More events in 2018.

Look out for our new events programme on the RWT events webpage or contact Barbara Brown direct on barbara@rwtwales.org

A wider range of people at Gilfach

The Gilfach Volunteer Ranger Group meets fornightly on Fridays. Last year volunteers helped with maintenance jobs, chatting with visitors, and monitoring wildlife. People  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.


Over the last 18 months,  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 summer 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!


 

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 field guide 2017 by Phil Evans, Assistant Project Officer4.72 MB
Welsh clearwing report 2017 by Phil Evans, Assistant Project Officer4.78 MB
Gilfach trails map A4_2 sides pdf2.49 MB