Ray Woods is a botanist with a particular interest in lower plants. He worked for years for the Nature Conservancy and is currently a specialist advisor to CCW and works for the international plant conservation charity Plantlife. He is a past President of the British Lichen Society, its librarian and a member of its conservation committee, a past Vice-president of the Botanical Society of the British Isles and a member of its Welsh Committee and an Honorary Lecturer in the University of Cardiff. He also lectures and contributes to undergraduate courses in the Universities of Nottingham and Aberystwyth. He has written a number of books and articles on the flora of Mid Wales and is a regular national broadcaster and lecturer.
Botanist Ray Woods will be leading a walking tour on Saturday, and will guide you through the Wildlife Trust’s Castle Woods nature reserve via Dinefwr Castle. Castle Woods has been managed by the Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve since 1979. It is a nationally important ancient woodland with large numbers of veteran trees which are hundreds of years old, and very important not only in their own right, but as a home to a wide range of rare insects and lichens. The woods are also home to fallow deer and birds typical of Welsh oak woodlands in summer such as pied flycatcher.