Introducing our reserves to Crickhowell Walking Festival-goers
Pauline, People & Wildlife Officer for Brecknock and volunteer Ruth lead a walk for Crickhowell Walking Festival which included an ancient well, a fort, two of our nature reserves, an ancient woodland and the home farm of our Exmoor pony conservation workers.
12 people joined us at Maendu Well, Brecon and climbed to the top of Pen-y-Crug Fort in the sunshine. Here we were rewarded by 360° views, a snipe fly past and skylarks singing. After a group photo, we descended and followed footpaths and tracks to Llandefaelog Wood Nature Reserve where the wild daffodils were in flower and the bluebells were pushing up through the leaf litter.
We prepared ourselves for the slog up to Cae Eglwys Nature Reserve with a refreshment break. The route took us through the tiny hamlet of Sarnau before entering the rough track upwards. We reached Cae Eglwys and could see the rain progressing down the valley. The red kites put on a good aerial show as I described the wonderful wildflowers that can be seen there in May/June. We then took the decision to head to the Exmoor ponies farm where we could shelter in a barn to have our lunch. David and Ruth treated us to tea and homemade cakes before joining us to eat and tell us about the ponies.
Waterproofs on, we headed across Afon Honddu to the other side of the valley. Threading along footpaths and small lanes down the valley to Brecon, we passed through Priory Woods. This ancient woodland of beech and oaks has a wealth of wildlife and is easily accessible from Brecon town centre. These strange white flowers of toothwort were found by the river and are parasitic on hazel and other shrubs.
We managed to get back to the cars before the rain really set in.
Rain doesn’t stop work
Two more good sessions at Cae Bryntwarch have broken the back of the fencing repairs. The last session was particularly wet, with the ground sodden and the rain blowing across the res
erve horizontally. None of us had dry feet by the end.
The last bit to do is to make the fence sheep proof by blocking a few holes under the fence.
You can learn more about our Brecknock reserves here.