Biodiversity

The area is rich in biodiversity and seven  of the sites –Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands, Parc Nant Y Waun, Parc Trevor Rowson, Cwmcelyn Pond &Woodlands,

Roseheyworth Woodlands,Cwmtillery Lakes and Six Bells have  been identified as local nature reserves.

The mosaic of habitats such as acid grasslands, hay meadows, wet mire heath, swamp and open water contains a huge diversity of plant life ranging from the Heath Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids to Blue and white Bells, Scabious, Primroses, Lady’s Smock,Birds Foot Trefoil and Teasel.

Many species of birds can be seen in the valleys such as Buzzards,Kestrel and Sparrow Hawks, Barn Tawny and Little Owls and Skylark, along with Nocule and Pipsistrelle Bats in Summer.

Ponds, lakes and ditches also support frogs, toads, and newts.

Rabbits,hedgehogs,Pygmy & Common shrews, Short tailed voles, Wood Mice and squirrels also inhabit the valley.

The photographs displayed below were taken by members and visitors at Beaufort Hill Woodlands, Parc Nant-y-Waun and Lakeside - Please click on each image to enlarge.

Waterfowl

Moorhen
Moorhen
Goosander
Goosander
Geese
Geese
White Pekin Ducks and black Muscovy
White Pekin Ducks and black Muscovy
White Muscovy Duck and Mallard Pair
White Muscovy Duck and Mallard Pair
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
Cormorant
Cormorant
Canada and Greylag Geese
Canada and Greylag Geese
Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Little Grebe
Coot Male
Coot Male
Mallard Male
Mallard Male
Mallard Female
Mallard Female
Tufted Duck Male
Tufted Duck Male
Tufted Duck Female
Tufted Duck Female
Pochard
Pochard
Mute Swan
Mute Swan

Birds

Wood Pigeon May 2020
Wood Pigeon May 2020
House Sparrow
House Sparrow
W. Warbler
W. Warbler
Robin
Robin
Blackbird
Blackbird
Great Tit
Great Tit
Jackdaw
Jackdaw
Buzzard
Buzzard
Wheatear
Wheatear