Factsheets and Guides for Your Visit
Grid References O.S. Explorer map 178 Llanelli and Ammanford. Main entrance: SN484048, Site centre: SN486047
Tenure Leased from the Stradey Estate for 21 years from 25th March 1993.
Size 4.86 hectares (12 acres).
Location and Access Notes
Public transport: Bus numbers 194 & 195 from Llanelli stop at Five Roads.
Take the B4309 (Pontyates-Llanelli via Five Roads).
At Five Roads, take the unclassified road to Trimsaran (Gelli Fawr Road). Park by the sub-station. Access is by crossing fields
which are behind and adjacent to the sub-station. This is permissible under the terms of the lease.
The reserve consists of unimproved “boggy” rhos-like pasture dominated by Purple Moor Grass, occupying a topographical depression at the headwaters of the Afon Dulais near Pum Heol (Five Roads), Llanelli.
Whilst rhos pastures are a particular feature of Carmarthenshire, many have been lost to agricultural improvements and other more general developments. The result is that such habitats have become fragmented or reduced to such a size that the long-term viability is questionable.
The most notable species present is the Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis which occurs in boggy habitats and can grow to a spectacular 6 feet or more. Bilberry and Bog Bean both occur in the Sphagnum-filled depressions in the north-west. Bog Asphodel can also be seen.
The surrounding periphery consists of scrub with species including Rowan, Oak and Willow.
Birds such as Tree Pipits and Whitethroat have been seen, as well as invertebrates such as the Emperor Moth.