7. Llandefaelog Wood Nature Reserve
This reserve is a charming small area of woodland renowned for its floral displays.
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:
Note there is no parking by the nature reserve. From Brecon, take the B4520 Upper Chapel road. After approximately three miles turn left at a junction signed for Sarnau. You will need to park along this lane, but please do not block the lane or any entrances to properties or fields. Carrying on on foot, immediately turn left again, following a private drive past a green bungalow (on the left) up to a wooden gate across the track. If its open pass through and then go through the small wooden gate immediately on your right. If the drive gate is shut, go up to the gate and then make your way through the wooded area on your right. In both cases now turn left and follow 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.