Y Gweira

Grid References O.S. Explorer map 151 Cardiff and Bridgend. Main entrance: ST051850, Site centre: ST052849

Status The site is part of the Llantrisant Common and Pastures SSSI. The site is covered by a Tree Preservation Order.

Skylark by Amy Lewis

Skylark by Amy Lewis

Tenure The reserve was purchased June 2001 with grant aid from CCW.

Size 6.5 ha (16 acres).

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Location and Access Notes

Public transport: Bus numbers 244 from Bridgend or 400 from Cardiff to Llantrisant or Beddau

Y Gweira is located at the north-eastern corner of Llantrisant Common, south of Castellau Road. The common lies west of the village of Beddau, and 1 km north of Llantrisant. Not accessible to wheelchairs.

Description: Marshy grassland and lowland wet heathland.

The pasture is made up of a mosaic of wet heath, mire, and marshy grassland dominated by Purple Moor Grass. Much of the grassland has plenty of Tormentil (6-9), together with species such as Sheep’s Fescue, Mat Grass and Heath Rush, and supports a strong, large population of Petty Whin (5-6). The wet heath is identified by the presence of Cross-leaved Heath (7-8) and Heather (8-9).

Y GweiraOccasional areas where the soil is slightly less acidic are distinguished by the presence of Meadow Thistle (6-7). Royal Fern has been found in two areas associated with the ditches on the site.

This open habitat supports breeding Meadow Pipit, and Skylark, and a variety of invertebrates including butterflies; hopefully the Marsh Fritillary (5-6) in future, and dragonflies such as the Common Darter (6-9).