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Nature Reserve




Open at all times, by paths off the unfenced road across the common. But keep off the very boggy area of Traeth Bach.

The boggy moorland needs looking at closely if you are to see much in this superficially monotonous habitat; but not too closely in the wetter parts where the ground can be dangerous and there is a real chance of getting stuck.

In the wetter flushes look for the insectivorous duo of sundew and butterwort. A sure sign of acid conditions, low in nutrients, where these two plants supplement their diet with insect protein. Creeping amongst the bog mosses is the low-growing bog pimpernel which puts up its pink trumpet-like flowers at regular intervals off a thin stem. An unusual feature of Traeth Mawr is a stand of great fen sedge.

This is curlew, redshank and peewit country, where the distinctive cries of these three birds in particular add so much to the moorland atmosphere. Well camouflaged snipe probe the edges of pools and marshy ground for food, and herons take frogs and insect larvae such as the large and ferocious dragonfly nymphs. Those that survive emerge as the dragonflies that can be seen hawking over the water in summer.

PARKING : Roadside parking, but please do not drive onto the common.





Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SO 044287  Lat: 51.94854 Long: -3.39235


Take the minor road SW off the A40 roundabout at the west end of the Brecon by-pass, follow the lane up the spine of the hill to Mynydd Illtyd common and keep going until the second section of unfenced road is reached. Alternatively follow the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre signs from Libanus on the A470. Keep straight on at the visitor centre turn and left at the T junction.

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