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Mynydd Ffoesidoes

A fine example of dwarf shrub heath with some fine plant communities

Vehicles can enter via the forestry roads either from Kinnerton or Fishpools (between Dolau and Bleddfa), but you will need to borrow a key to the forest gate from the RWT office.The dwarf-shrub heath communities are amongst the finest in Radnorshire, undamaged by fire or over-grazing for many years. Heather, crowberry and cowberry dominate. Bilberry is markedly less common. Herbaceous species found include scattered soft rush, heath rush, wavy hair-grass & common bent-grass. Hares-tail cotton-grass occurs rarely in places throughout the reserve. The scarce lichen Trapeliopsis glaucolepiedea also occurs. Few species of birds are recorded but these include meadow pipit, tree pipit and skylark. Other regularly observed birds include wheatear, stonechat, peregrine, kestrel, merlin, sparrowhawk, buzzard, short-eared owl and raven; it was one of the last places to see black grouse in Radnorshire, which died out in the 1980s. Among the insects, northern eggar and emperor moths are prominent. The heather feeding leafhopper Ulopa reticulata is commonly seen. The local heather weevil Strophosoma sus and the wide bodied rove beetle Olophrum piceum are also found. Over 40 species of beetle have been recorded, including the dung beetle Geotrupes stercorosus, and the notable large ground beetle Pterostichus aethiops. The locally notable mountain bumblebee Bombus monticola takes advantage of the abundant heather flowers here. Field voles and brown hare are commonly seen.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Heathland
Species
Heather, Soft Rush, Wavy Hair-grass

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Reserve information

Location
Radnor Forest
Knighton
Powys
Map reference
SO 191 652
Best time to visit
Jul - Aug
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Opening Times
Access to reserve at all times on foot. Vehicle owners will need to borrow a key to the forest gate from the RWT office.
Size
27.00 hectares
Access
Key required

No real paths and the deep, springy heather makes for difficult going under foot. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
No real paths and the deep, springy heather makes for difficult going under foot.
Parking
Park in Kinnerton, New Radnor or Fishpools to walk up. To drive up you will need to borrow a key to the forest gate from the RWT office
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01597 823298
info@rwtwales.org

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