Grid References: O.S. Explorer map 185 Newcastle Emlyn. Main entrance: SN208438, Site centre: SN210437
Tenure: The original 21.7 acres were bought in 1990 from Geoffrey William Lloyd, with funding from RSNC and Sutton Place Heritage Trust. The remainder of the reserve was acquired in the early 1990s.
Size: 15.6 ha (38.5 acres).
Please note that until further notice, some of the paths on this nature reserve have been closed to public access. This is due to the presence of Ash Dieback in the trees.
Our detailed assessment of the number and health of the ash trees (and the risk they pose to site users) determined that making enough trees safe would cause too much harm to the nature reserve, especially the species that depend on ash. It would also reduce our ability to learn about any resilience these local trees might have.
Therefore, with wildlife in mind, we have decided to leave the trees standing- but that means we reluctantly have to reduce public access here until further notice. This decision will be kept under review and this site updated if the situation changes.
The path closures will be clearly marked on site and for your own safety we would ask that you respect the closures and instead continue to enjoy the other routes still available on the site.
For further information on Ash Dieback and the Trust’s policy on managing it, visit our Ash Dieback page.
Location and Access Notes
Public transport: The 460 bus departs from Cardigan regularly and stops in Llechryd, 0.5 km north east of the reserve.
Parking for 2-3 cars in front of field gate on north side of reserve. Waymarked footpaths; not accessible to wheelchairs.
Description: This relatively large reserve is a mosaic of woodland and grassland with wide, wooded gullies. Part of the woodland is mature secondary Ash woodland. There is also a large area of previously clearfelled conifer plantation, now over 20 year old regenerating Ash woodland, which has an attractive mossy ground flora with ferns and Wood Sorrel (4-5). In this woodland, bark scraping by the local population of Red Deer is clearly visible. One compartment of woodland remains conifer, and was host to a heronry until recently when ravens took over. Two planted specimens of Black Poplar grow in the meadows.
Many butterfly species use the meadows and woodland edges, including Common Blue, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Orange Tip, Comma and Speckled Wood among others.
A large Badger sett can be found in one of the wooded gullies, and Goldilocks Buttercup (4-5) also occurs along the edge of the reserve.
There are two ponds and two scrapes in one meadow where dragonflies and damselflies can be seen in the warmer months including Broadbodied Chaser, Common Darter and Emperor dragonflies and Large Red, Blue Tailed and Azure Blue damselflies.
Common Frogs, Common Toads, Slow Worms and Grass snakes all use the reserve.
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