Llanbwchllyn Lake - Fiona Luckhurst
A fine example of an uncommon mesotrophic lake
The marginal vegetation includes stands of White and yellow water-lilies, amphibious bistort and shoreweed. There are large stands dominated by common reed, with reedmace, bogbean, lesser pond-sedge, bottle sedge and greater spearwort (one of only two known sites in Radnorshire). There is well developed alder and willow carr (wet woodland) around the edge. In the wetter fen areas are meadowsweet, marsh cinquefoil, lesser skullcap, gypsywort, and water horsetail. Drier areas have royal fern, sneezewort and devil's-bit scabious.
PLEASE NOTE: The bird hide is now closed for re-thatching until 31st March 2017
Birds include reed warbler and great-crested grebe, both of which breed. In winter the reserve is important for wintering ducks. Mallard, teal, tufted duck, pochard are commonly seen. Goldeneye is now a rare winter visitor. Mute swans are often found, as are cormorants. kingfisher and common sandpiper visit regularly. The lake contains several species of fish, including perch, pike, roach and rudd. Invertebrates are well represented, with plentiful dragonflies and damselflies and the cardinal beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis and uncommon oil beetle Meloe proscarabaeus have been recorded.
Species and habitats
- Standing water, Wetland, Woodland
- Bistort, Bogbean, Alder, Great Crested Grebe, Reed Warbler, Mallard, Teal, Meadowsweet, Marsh Cinquefoil, Skullcap, Devil's-bit Scabious, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Perch, Pike, Roach, Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Common Toad