Brechfa Pool Nature Reserve
Brechfa Pool is a small shallow-bottomed lake located at a height of 270metres (900ft). Its seasonally varying water level provides an ideal home for several rare plants.
What to look out for:
It is home to plants that include orange foxtail grass, pennyroyal and the rare aquatic fern called pillwort. Orange foxtail grass inhabits the drying muddy margins of the lake and pennyroyal grows in the damp grassland.
Pillwort is the most threatened plant that occurs on the site. It is included in the Red Data Book, which lists the most threatened plants in the UK. Mid Wales is its stronghold in Europe and there are three known sites in Brecknock of which Brechfa Pool is the best.
In spring and autumn the reserve is a very popular and valuable refuelling stop for wading birds on migration. Birds that breed on the site include mute swan, lapwing, black-headed gull and reed bunting, while wildfowl such as snipe, curlew, teal and Bewick's swan can be seen.
For information on recent sightings, visit the Brecknock Birds website.
Species and habitats
- Annual Meadow-grass, Azure Damselfly, Bewick's Swan, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter, Common Frog, Common Spike-rush, Common Toad, Coot, Creeping Bent, Creeping Buttercup, Curlew, Emperor Dragonfly, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Greater Canada Goose, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lesser Spearwort, Little Grebe, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Palmate Newt, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Shoveler, Silverweed, Smooth Newt, Snipe, Soft-rush, Starling, Sweet Vernal-grass, Teal, Tufted Duck, Water-crowfoot
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