Element 8: Involving communities

Volunteers building a new walkway at Cors Dyfi reserve

The ulimate measure of our success is whether local people share our aims and want to support our project

The Pumlumon Project can only succeed if enough local people want it to happen. We have persuaded many farmers and landowners to work with us. Tourism businesses are also keen on what we are doing, particularly with the Dyfi Osprey Project, but also across the wider landscape.

We have recruited a large number of local volunteers to work with us at our Cors Dyfi reserve and on our pilot projects. They help with ditch blocking, fencing, tree planting, surveying, species conservation work and talking to visitors.

We train our volunteers and the skills they acquire are particularly valuable to those seeking work. Some have gone on to part-time or full-time employment.

Local involvement in the Pumlumon Project

Farming isn't just about beef and sheep. It's making a living off your land, lookng for opportunities - and the Pumlumon Project is offering them. Locking up carbon and holding the water back is just another way to farm the land. At the end of the day if someone pays you for it, that's farming. Same as turning a field over to a campsite.

Mike Lewis, Pumlumon farmer

    

Volunteering provides more than people realise. The practical side brings health benefits and the opportunity to see reserves in a more privileged way. You also make friends easily because all the volunteers share a love of nature. And the delight on a child's face when you show them an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar is priceless. Maria Wagland, MWT volunteer