Carpets of wild garlic in spring at Pwll-y-Wrach

Pwll-y-Wrach Appeal

New land purchase secures future of ancient woodland, but now we need your help...

Brecknock Wildlife Trust has long had an ambition to acquire the woodland adjacent to its Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve to make a more robust habitat for wildlife. Recently an opportunity arose to purchase this ancient woodland and quick action by the Trust has realised this ambition. A generous grant was secured from the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and by digging deep in to the Trust's own savings the additional land was secured, more than doubling the size of this wonderful nature reserve.

We are now asking our members and supporters, who have so generously helped us before with our Allt Rhongyr appeal, to help us again to reimburse our savings by giving a donation. The Trust has proven it can and will react quickly to secure the future of significant wildlife rich pieces of land, helping to develop a Living Landscape. But it can only do so if it has the funds available to do it. By giving the Trust a donation today you will be enabling the Trust to do so again in the future.

The new piece of land features towering ash trees rising up from the valley bottom and oak trees on the drier upper slopes. Spring sees the ground covered by a lush carpet of wild garlic, bluebells, wood avens, celandines, wood anemones, meadowsweet and ferns, punctuated by spikes of the unusual toothwort and scattered early purple orchids. Look out for the simple but elegant white flowers of the rare meadow saxifrage and in damper areas opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage.

Tawny owls roost in the large hollow old oak trees and greater spotted woodpeckers nest in the rotting dead trunks of elm trees. Redstarts and pied flycatchers also come to breed here in the summer. Dormice and badgers thrive here and otters hunt up the river Enig running through the site. The damp conditions along the banks of the rivers and around the many waterfalls provide the perfect conditions for a wide range of mosses and liverworts and water filtering down through a layer of limestone leave interesting tufa deposits.

Pwll-y-Wrach is the Trust's most visited nature reserve and for good reason. But now there is twice as much to see. Help the Trust to safeguard other similar wildlife rich sites in the future by donating today.

Please support the Brecknock Wildlife Trust's Pwll-y-Wrach appeal and help make a difference for wildlife - give a donation today:

Donate online now: donate securely by clicking HERE. You will be redirected to our secure page on the BT My Donate website.

Donate by cheque: please download and print out the donation form, complete it, and return it with a cheque made payable to "Brecknock Wildlife Trust", to Brecknock Wildlife Trust, Lion House, Bethel Square, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7AY.

If you are a UK tax payer ensure you comlete the Gift Aid part so we can claim back an extra 25p for every £1 you give, at no extra cost to you!

If we are fortunate enough to raise more than the required amount then the excess would be put towards the future management of Pwll-y-Wrach, the Trust's other nature reserves or similar projects.

A BIG Thank You for your support and to the Countryside Council for Wales that has provided a generous grant towards this purchase:

Click on the "mydonate" image above to give us a secure donation via our mydonate webpage

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Delicate flowers of meadow saxifrage
Look out for the delicate flowers of meadow saxifrage.

Redstarts breed here in the summer
Redstarts breed in the woodland in the summer.

Otter hunt along the River Enig, safe within the reserve
Otters hunt along the river Enig, safe within the nature reserve.