Pen y Waun

Reserve Information


From Brecon take the A470 towards Bronllys. After two miles (before you reach Felin Fach) there is a sign indicating a Powys County Council waste transfer station. Turn right here and follow this lane for two miles until you come to the reserve on your left. If you reach the unfenced open common land you have overshot by 25 metres.

Nearest town: Llechfaen, Brecon. Post code LD3 0TL.

SO 094 300


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0.2 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 the reserve and it can be wet at any time of year


Unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Geology Trail


Park off-road by entrance to site.


Please keep dogs under close control.

Grazing Animals


Factsheets and Guides for Your Visit

Pen y Waun cowslip meadow

The Pen y Waun nature reserve consists of two small fields situated on the edge of Waun-y-Mynach common. The fields were former garden plots for nearby cottages.

Ragged Robin

Volunteers hedge-laying

What to look out for

The reserve is enclosed within a long hedge that has been laid in the Breconshire style. Note that the stakes within the hedge are set at an angle. Running along the top of the hedge are plaited lengths of hazel called “heatherings”. These prevent the laid stems of the hedge from springing upwards.

As well as being an example of local craftmanship, the hedge also acts as a “wildlife corridor”. Mice and voles use the hedge for travelling, it acts as a resting and nesting site for small birds and it attracts a range of insects, including moths. A moth survey identified species with intriguing names as “heart and dart”, “small phoenix”, “flame shoulder” and “beautiful golden Y”.

Over 350 flower-spikes of common-spotted and heath-spotted orchids have been recorded in the first meadow and the site features a range of meadow wildflowers.

Heath spotted orchid

Species and habitats

Hedgerows, Lowland Meadows
Bank Vole, Bird's-foot-trefoil, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cleavers, Cock's foot, Common Hawker, Common Spotted Orchid, Cowslip, Creeping Bent, Cross-leaved Heath, Devil's-bit Scabious, Dog-rose, English / Pedunculate Oak, False Oat-grass, Foxglove, Glow-worm, Goldfinch, Gorse, Hazel, Heather, Honeysuckle, Knapweed, Lesser Spearwort, Lesser Stitchwort, Meadow Crane's-bill, Meadow Thistle, Meadowsweet, Mole, Quaking-grass, Ragged-Robin, Red Campion, Red Clover, Ribwort Plantain, Rosebay Willowherb, Silverweed, Soft-rush, Sorrel, Sweet Vernal-grass, Tormentil, Tufted Vetch, Weasel, Wild Angelica, Yorkshire-fog

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