Cae Pwll y Bo

Reserve Information


The reserve is located a mile south of Abergwesyn, adjacent to the minor road which leaves the A483 at Llanwrtyd Wells and rejoins it at Beulah.

Nearest town: Abergwesyn. Post code LD5 4TW.

SN 854 512


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0.1 hectares

Walking Information

The reserve is an open access reserve, you are allowed to visit the reserve on foot for your quiet enjoyment of the wildlife present. There are no trails on site and it can be very wet at all times of year.


Unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Geology Trail


The Forestry Commission car-park and picnic site of Pwll y Bo is situated 200 yards north-west of the reserve.


Dogs must be under close control.

Grazing Animals


Factsheets and Guides for Your Visit

Cae Pwll y Bo globeflowers

This small damp meadow is known for its spectacular display of globeflowers.

The reserve is all that remains of a much larger field that was originally part of Pwll y Bo farm (Hobgoblin pool in Welsh).


What to look out for

The globeflower is a member of the buttercup family and has beautiful, dense, yellow flowers. Over 1500 flowers have been counted here in early summer (new record of 2055 counted in June 2010) and this is possibly the largest remaining stand in mid Wales of this attractive plant. Elsewhere in Wales, its numbers have significantly decreased.

Other interesting flowers in the meadow include devil’s-bit scabious and great burnet.. According to the “Doctrine of Signatures”, believed in by ancient herbalists, the dark crimson flower heads of great burnet suggested blood, so for centuries this plant was used to staunch wounds and as a remedy for internal bleeding. Its Latin name sanguisorb means “blood absorbing”. More recently, the root was peeled and used to treat burns.

Common frogs thrive in the damp grassland

Species and habitats

Hedgerows, Rush Pasture
Bank Vole, Blackbird, Bluebell, Bracken, Brown Hare, Chiffchaff, Cock's foot, Common Frog, Common Toad, Dandelion, Devil's-bit Scabious, False Oat-grass, Field Vole, Great Burnet, Green-veined White, Knapweed, Lady-fern, Large Skipper, Long-tailed Tit, Male-fern, Marsh Tit, Meadow Brown, Meadow Vetchling, Meadowsweet, Mole, Norway Spruce, Orange-tip, Pheasant, Rabbit, Raven, Ringlet, Sky Lark, Small Skipper, Soft-rush, Song Thrush, Sorrel, Tormentil, Wild Angelica, Wood Anemone, Wren, Yorkshire-fog

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