7. Llandefaelog Wood Nature Reserve
This reserve is a charming small area of woodland renowned for its floral display.
What to look out for:
In March to April the path along the southern side of the reserve is surrounded by beautiful wild daffodils. Later on in May, the floor of the reserve is carpeted with the blues and purples of bluebells with their wonderful scent. These contrast with the fresh greens of newly opened leaves. Look out for the occassional white bluebell.
The distinctive piping call of the nuthatch and the laughter-like "yaffle" call of the green woodpecker can often be heard across this beautiful woodland. In spring and summer, the delightful pied flycatcher can be seen with its distinctive black and white colours. Children from nearby Cradoc School have made nest boxes for these birds which can be seen attached to the trunks of trees.
There are two small ponds in the reserve, which are attractive to frogs and toads. They were created to increase the number of flying insects in the reserve, such as midges, which are a food supply for bats.How to get there:
From Brecon, take the B4520 Upper Chapel road. After approximately three miles turn left at a junction signed for Sarnau. Immediately turn left again, to follow a track past a bungalow and through a metal gate. Park on the grass verge just beyond the gate and do not obstruct the track. If livestock are grazing, it is not recommended to park inside the gate. Go through a wooden pedestrian gate on the right of the track and turn left, following the narrow path up the hill towards the woodland between two fences. At the top of the field the path turns right and brings you to the entrance to the reserve.
Nearest town: Sarnau. Post code LD3 9PP.
OS map sheet 160. Grid reference SO 029 322Accessing the Reserve:
The reserve is an open access reserve, you are allowed to visit the reserve on foot for your quiet enjoyment of the wildlife present. Please keep to the paths and any dogs under close control.
There is a waymarked circular trail around the wood, along unsurfaced trails.