Cae Pwll y Bo



Cae Pwll y Bo

This small damp meadow is known for its spectacular display of globeflowers. The reserve is all that remains of a much larger field that was originally part of Pwll y Bo farm (Hobgoblin pool in Welsh).


Nearest town is Abergwesyn, LD5 4TW

OS Map Reference

SN 854 512
A static map of Cae Pwll y Bo

Know before you go


Parking information

The Forestry Commission car-park and picnic site of Pwll y Bo is situated 200 yards north-west of the reserve.

Walking trails

There are no trails and it can be very wet at all times of the year.


The reserve is an open access reserve, you are allowed to visit the reserve on foot for your quiet enjoyment of the wildlife present. Unfortunately the site is unsuitable for wheelchairs.


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

The reserve is open access

Best time to visit


About the reserve

The globeflower is a member of the buttercup family and has beautiful, dense, yellow flowers. Over 2055 flowers have been counted here in early summer and this is possibly the largest remaining stand in mid Wales of this attractive plant. Elsewhere in Wales, its numbers have significantly decreased.

Other interesting flowers in the meadow include devil’s-bit scabious and great burnet. According to the “Doctrine of Signatures”, believed in by ancient herbalists, the dark crimson flower heads of great burnet suggested blood, so for centuries this plant was used to staunch wounds and as a remedy for internal bleeding. Its Latin name sanguisorb means “blood absorbing”. More recently, the root was peeled and used to treat burns.

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