Trip reports

July walk around the part of the Crymlyn Bog Nature Reserve

July walk around the part of the Crymlyn Bog Nature Reserve
John Roach

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The group of eleven set out from the car park after a brief introduction from Maggie, our walk leader. The Crymlyn Bog Nature Reserve is a large nature reserve - the third biggest lowland fen reserve in the UK and the biggest in Wales. The public paths only occupy a small part of the western end of the reserve and the paths probably total around one kilometre. Bird song was all around us in the trees as we walked and several woodland birds were seen or heard (e.g. robin, chaffinch, blue tit, blackbird) but not many were leaving the shelter of the trees. Several warblers were seen but lack of song restricted identification. There are two boardwalk paths and a platform on one gave an opportunity (see photo) to see dragonflies and butterflies as well as birds. A close view of a female reed bunting and a buzzard were the highlights of the walk and 23 species in total were seen.