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Walk 16 – NEW – Ancient Woodlands of Maentwrog
September 19 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm£8.50
Max Height: 741ft
Leader – Matthew Davies
Total Height Ascended: 932ft
The Ceunant Llennyrch National Nature reserve runs from Trawsfynydd Lake to Maentwrog covering a broad woodland & the spectacular steep Llannyrch gorge & stunning Afon Prysor waterfall cascades at one point the river is flanked by 30m cliffs only 10m apart. The woodland has been there since the last Ice Age and is so deep in parts that it’s apparently untouched by humans. The high humidity created a perfect environment for numerous damp-loving plants, rare lichens, mosses and ferns. Sessile Oaks, Wych Elm and Ash, Small mammals, wood mouse, otter & vole, the trees are alive with bird song. Also the Ceunant Llennyrch Oak Woodland is home to both the Greater & Lesser Horseshoe Bat, using buildings and caves in the area to roost and raise young, other bats are Brown long eared, Natters, whiskered, Pipistrelle & our smallest bat the Noctule. Where land isn’t grazed there are carpets of Bilberries and Ling and include the total known British population of rare Prostrate Feather Moss along with Silk Swan Moss & Wedge Flapwort. Ferns are also prolific including the Royal fern. A nature lover’s paradise
Meet at Dragon: 09:30