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Tylcau Hill (Floss Brand) Nature Reserve

95 acres of diverse flower-rich farmland, interspersed with scrub and woodland.

In 2009, a series of informal survey events took place on the reserve, led by local experts with support from volunteers, to gather some information on the species found at Tylcau Hill. It showed the beginnings of a remarkable assemblage. Carpets of mountain pansies bloom on the higher slopes, while in the wooded dingles are clumps of oak fern. Wet flushes have humps of cushion moss, hollows full of sphagnum and butterwort, with marsh arrowgrass, sundews and quaking grass. Elsewhere are patches of devil's-bit scabious, the food plant for the marsh fritillary butterfly. On the steep grassy slopes are swathes of eyebright, wild thyme and bird's foot trefoil, and below the gorse-clad cwm, adder's-tongue fern and lady's mantle were spotted in a damp flush. Both male and female cuckoo have thrilled visitors, two springs running, calling from a tree or on the wires. Other birds - frequent in mid-Wales, include redstarts, linnets and pied flycatchers. Lepidoptera spotted include the small pearl bordered fritillary, green hairstreak, and the brightly coloured scarlet tiger moth. The little stream seems very clean with lots of invertebrate activity. Bullheads loiter under stones and otter spraints have been seen on several occasions. Common lizards, frogs and toads live on the reserve.

Nearby nature reserves

Cnwch Bank
3 miles - Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Rhos Fiddle
7 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Mynydd Ffoesidoes
8 miles - Radnorshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Few miles north east of Llanbister
Llandrindod Wells
Map reference
SO 137 762
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Best time to visit
May - Jul
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Open at all times.
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38.50 hectares
A circular waymarked trail involving a steep climb. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
A circular waymarked trail involving a steep climb. There is also a 5.5 mile circular walk on the hills around Tylcau, taking in the reserve, ancient remains of a medieval longhouse, and burial mounds. The instructions for the walk can be downloaded from this page.
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No dogs allowed
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Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01597 823298


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