Saturday, 5 July 2014

Berthlwyd Farm, Ystradfellte, VC42, BSBI Field meeting Saturday 12th July

If you would like to book onto this BSBI meeting it is still not to late to contact the leader John Crellin. Detail below.
A joint meeting with the BSBI and Brecknock Wildlife Trust. Steph Coates (Conservation Officer at the Wildlife Trust) and John Crellin (Joint BSBI Vice-county recorder for VC42) are leading the meeting on Saturday 12th July to record as many species as they can at and around the site. The farm is a National Trust property and Beth Heasman will be with them from the Trust.
They aim to start at the farm at 10.30 am for a full day’s exploration of the varied habitats which will include the gorge of the Nedd, meadows and marshy pasture. Lunch will be taken at a small area of limestone pavement within the farm. You should be able to go down into the Nedd gorge to explore it from below as well as following the cliff top for a while where the trees growing in the rock may be appreciated. The climb down to the gorge needs care but is safe. Suitable footwear for the varied terrain is essential.
There is plenty of space for parking at the farm, SN913132, but, if you would rather park in the car park at Ystradfellte then we can arrange to pick you up from there at 9.45. (Please let John Crellin know if you wish to do this.) Steph Coates can arrange car sharing from Brecon if that would help you. Ystradfellte can be reached from Glyn-neath / Pontneddfechan off the A465 Swansea – Merthyr road or from the north via the A470 from Brecon turning right onto the A4215 (sign for Defynnog) and following signs for Ystradfellte. The turning for the Nedd valley and the farm is about a mile south of Ystradfellte on the road to / from Pontneddfechan. (The sign says “Nedd Valley Single”.)
They aim to finish at about 4.00 pm and Steph Coates and John Crellin wondered if others might like to meet afterwards at the New Inn in Ystradfellte ( where Cream Teas are apparently on offer – or even for a meal. Please John Crellin know if you would be interested and John will phone the pub to check what is available and book if necessary.
John Crellin
Joint BSBI Recorder for Vice County 42, Brecknockshire
Hay on Wye
01497821116 Mob: 07882 814758

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