Grid References O.S. Explorer map OL35 North Pembrokeshire. Main entrance: SM947374, Site centre: SM945375
Status Proposed LNR.
Tenure Leased from Pembrokeshire County Council.
Size 15.4 ha (38 acres).
Location and Access Notes
Bus services 410 & 404 from Fishguard Square. Strumble Shuttle 3 days/week winter, daily in summer from Fishguard Square. For timetable contact Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (01437) 720392.
Situated near the A40 trunk road between Goodwick and Fishguard. Access is along a track from A40 (SM949375) beside the Seaview Hotel.
Reed bed, flood plain mire, carr, scrub, and a complex network of ditches.
The reserve lies between two streams, which combine at its north east corner. Water levels are at their highest from October to April and the entire moor can often be flooded when spring tides coincide with heavy rain.
The extensive reedbed covers much of the reserve, with Sea Rush and Sea Aster (7-10) being well represented at the seaward side. Species of interest on the flood plain mire include Common Cotton Sedge (6-7) and Royal Fern. In the drier area, Willow and Alder carr woodland is prominent, with Bog Myrtle (4-5) occurring where Willow has been cut back. The ditches include Glaucous Bulrush, Bogbean (5-7), Branched Burr Reed (6-8), Water Mint (7-10) and Bog Pondweed (5-10).
The reed bed and fringe support Sedge and Reed Warblers, whilst the low scrub and carr wood support Stonechats and Willow Warblers. Swallows roost and Snipe and Siskins overwinter here. Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk are also present. Cetti’s Warbler and Bittern have also been recorded as winter visitors.
Invertebrates including moths, dragonflies, damselflies and butteflies are fairly well represented and include Comma, Painted Lady and Ringlet.
Otters and Water Vole are notable mammals present on this reserve.