Nant Melin, Llandovery

Reserve Information


Main entrance: SN729466, Site centre: SN728467


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2.9 ha (7 acres)

Walking Information

Access can be obtained by walking about 100 m up the road from the bridge (SN730465) between Rhandirmwyn and Cwrt-y-Cadno. A footpath may then be followed through the woodland belonging to our neighbour until the southern boundary of the reserve is reached.


Footpath - difficult access

Geology Trail



On leads please

Grazing Animals

Factsheets and Guides for Your Visit

Globe flower -Trollius europaeus by BerndH

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Grid References O.S. Explorer map 187 Llandovery. Main entrance: SN729466, Site centre: SN728467

Status The reserve forms part of the Cwm Doethie-Mynydd Mallaen Oakwoods Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Tenure The site was leased from 1969 by the Trust and subsequently purchased in 1973.


Ancient upland Oak woodland and waterfalls.

The reserve is made up of 2.4 ha of deciduous woodland and about 0.5 ha of rough pasture in the upper Tywi catchment. The woodland lies on the steep Nant Melin valley side, the wet pasture above lying on a much gentler slope.

The Nant Melin stream forms the eastern boundary flowing over a series of small but impressive waterfalls. Above the fence at the western end, the slope lessens, and the habitat changes to pasture, while a small stream marks the northern boundary, with two small fields beyond. Several wet flushes arise in these fields, and flow down to meet other springs which emerge in the woodland.


Nant Melyn map


Nant Melyn L Wilberforce

What to look out for

The canopy consists of Oak, Ash, Birch, Alder, Rowan, and Sycamore, with an understorey of Hazel. There are many rock outcrops in the wood, which are rich with ferns and bryophytes. Several plants of local distribution are found on this site, including Globeflower (6-8), Wood Horsetail, and Royal Fern. The breeding birds include Blue Tit, Buzzard, Cuckoo, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Tawny Owl and Wood Warbler.

Species and habitats

oak woodland, rough pasture, stream
Blue Tit, Buzzard, Cuckoo, Kestrel, Pied Flycatcher, Royal Fern, Sparrowhawk, Spotted Flycatcher, Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, Wood Horsetail, Wood Warbler, globeflower

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