Cors Goch and beyond: Fens Reunited, 10 Years On
Restoring biodiversity at and around Cors Goch NNR – Anglesey’s most complete fen basin, featuring 10 orchid, 15 dragonfly and over 19 butterfly species – via a step-change in habitat management plus improved facilities for volunteers and visitors.
January 2018 - December 2019
Charity information: North Wales Wildlife Trust
Cors Goch and the Anglesey Fens are wonderful resources for both wildlife and people that struggle to fulfil their potential for either. Extensive and complex wetlands, they require a series of interventions to protect the populations of key species: yellowhammer, water vole, marsh fritillary, marsh gentian, medicinal leech ... Furthermore, visitor numbers fail to reach the heights that the area’s beauty deserves, no doubt because of the limited infrastructure and interpretation available.
The project will initially install essential waymarkers and visitor interpretation, helping guests to follow routes around key features of the sites. It will also develop a plan for still-more creative interpretation involving contributions from local people, for whom we’ll hold a series of celebratory events. An initial programme of conservation work will focus on facilitating sustainable grazing management through fencing, scrub clearance and the removal of rank vegetation.
Make Cors Goch and the Anglesey Fens welcoming, safe and accessible as a community resource
Activities» Install way-marked trails around the reserve.
» Produce relevant visitor interpretation, including interpretation panels, and a long-term plan to involve local people in creating more.
» Hold 3 community events, celebrating the reserve as a biodiversity hotspot.
Success will be receiving 3,000 site visitors during 2018, with at least 100 attending a community event.
Establish a programme of wildlife conservation measures
Activities» Produce a nature reserve management plan covering the 2018-23 period.
» Hold 12 volunteer work parties designed for members of the local community with varied experience.
» Improve grazing infrastructure to facilitate management for wildflowers.
Success will be an independently measured assessment of the reserve’s overall environmental condition, including increased numbers of key species.
The project will contribute to reversing the declining environmental condition of Cors Goch and restore its biodiversity within a special, wider wetland landscape. It will become a key community asset, regularly hosting local schoolchildren, walkers and families and drawing in visitors who will in turn contribute to the local economy.
We will demonstrate success through a long-term monitoring programme against key biodiversity indicators; and an annual increase of 10% in visitor numbers.
Much of the habitat management work and infrastructure installation is weather-dependant. We have dealt with this risk by planning far ahead, with several windows of opportunity identified.
Cors Goch is a sensitive site, and too great an increase in visitors in certain areas could actually be detrimental. We have dealt with this risk by ensuring that walking routes comprise opportunities to see the site’s rarest wildlife without compromising every micro-population.
Donors to this project will receive a monthly e-newsletter detailing ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans. All donors will be invited to the planned series of celebratory events.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,000 Ongoing conservation Fenland species/habitat work £1,000 Grazing infrastructure Fencing etc. £5,000 Long-term management Nature reserve management plan £5,000 Instant interpretation Design/print/install interpretation panels £1,000 Visitor infrastructure Planning/installing way-marked trails £5,000 Long-term interpretation Developing large-scale interpretation plan £6,000 Instant interpretation Design/print/install other interpretation
Cors Goch National Nature Reserve adjoins the village of Llanbedrgoch (population c.300), near the seaside town of Benllech (c.3,000). It forms part of a network of fens in this area of Anglesey that are covered by multiple national, European and international conservation designations. Employment in the area is dominated by agriculture (layers of peat having been deposited since the formation of the glacial valley around 16,000 years ago) and tourism, with work often low-paid and/or seasonal.
The primary beneficiaries are local residents, who will be able to confidently explore the more inaccessible areas of Cors Goch and enjoy a more fulfilling wildlife experience whilst doing so. We will also be running volunteer work parties to deliver some of the work: opportunities for local young people to consider taking forward a career in conservation and for older residents to get outside and stay healthy.
We are experienced land managers, currently holding 36 nature reserves and maintaining them for wildlife and people. We have extensive contacts in the local area, having been working with other local community groups on a vision for the site and wider fenland landscape for several years.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
NWWT Conservation Officer, Chris has 27 years’ experience of wildlife conservation, including management of habitats, species and nature reserves.
NWWT People and Wildlife Officer, Ben has been working with schools and community groups around the Anglesey coast since the early 2000s.
NWWT Education and Community Officer, Anna has run events at Cors Goch aiming to bridge any awareness gap between the reserve and local community.