New wildlife corridor created by RSPB Cymru and the Long Forest Project

New wildlife corridor created by RSPB Cymru and the Long Forest Project

A new wildlife corridor has been created by RSPB Cymru and Keep Wales Tidy on 7 March thanks to a national partnership project.

Staff and volunteers from RSPB Cymru and Keep Wales Tidy took part in two days of hedge planting as part of the Long Forest Project at RSPB Cors Ddyga nature reserve on Anglesey.

Hedgerows form a vital part of our landscape and wildlife habitat, but they’re at risk from neglect, damage and removal.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Together, they’re delivering practical action – recruiting thousands of volunteers to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000m of hedgerow.

The day gave Keep Wales Tidy and RSPB Cymru staff and volunteers the chance to meet and plant the new hedge together to help the local wildlife.

Ian Hawkins, RSPB Cors Ddyga Site Manager, said:

“The value of hedgerows for wildlife simply cannot be underestimated. They provide food and shelter for many species at RSPB Cors Ddyga, such as the unmistakable bullfinch or the willow warbler and its distinct song. These hedgerows will also help link the site’s many features by creating wildlife friendly corridors along which bats and red squirrels can travel. By working with Keep Wales Tidy on this essential project, with thanks also to the Long Forest Project, RSPB Cors Ddyga’s wildlife stands to benefit.”

Gareth Evans, Keep Wales Tidy officer for Anglesey said;

“Hedgerows in Wales have been an important make up of our landscape for centuries. However, they are an undervalued resource at severe risk and it is now vital that action is taken.

“It’s great to be working at RSPB’s Cors Ddyga nature reserve. By working closely with RSPB, we can make sure it’s maintained and watch it develop into an essential corridor for local wildlife.”

If you are a volunteer or land owner who would like to get involved with the Long Forest Project, visit www.longforest.cymru for more information.