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Nature Reserve – Seasonal Update

Winter Seasonal Update 2020

 The rarest of our eight species of orchid, the Autumn Lady’s-tresses, has been found again on the English side of the reserve. This species had not been seen for a few years (except on the Welsh side) but with changes made to the bolted climbing routes and the change in the grazing regime it has appeared again. 

The cattle grazing, whilst not popular with everyone, has been very successful in helping to maintain the open habitats on the reserve for which it is nationally important. Volunteer work to clear the scrub the cattle couldn’t eat is continuing, as is the annual coppicing in the woodland between the inclines. If you are interested in helping with this work please contact me.

Cattle Grazing

December 2019 Update

The cattle have now been removed from the nature reserve. I would like to thank dog walkers for their cooperation in terms of dog control and apologise to any visitors who felt inconvenienced by the presence of the animals. However, they have done an excellent job in maintaining the important grassland habitat and keeping scrub and clematis in check. We plan to return the cattle sometime next year.

Thanks again.

For further information please contact Gareth Egarr, North Reserves Officer, on 01743 284281

Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve

Autumn Seasonal Update 2019

As regular visitors will know from the noise and activity, the two Peregrine chicks fledged successfully this year. 

It’s also been a great summer for insects with good numbers of Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies enjoying the later nectar sources. The Wood Wasp (pictured right) was photographed in the car park. 

Wood Wasp
Dexters with calves Oct 2019

Photo: Bob Cotter

The combination of sunshine and rain this summer has produced significant growth in all of the vegetation, including undesirable scrub. Grazing animals (currently Dexter cattle, with their calves) are now on the reserve to munch it back.  Please keep all dogs under close control. 


We are now into habitat management season and so you may come across our work parties of dedicated volunteers clearing scrub from the grassland or coppicing parts of the woodland between the inclines.  If you would like to help with any of this please contact me.

Gareth Egarr, North Reserves Officer. 

Tel: 01743 243146; e: garethe@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk 

Summer Seasonal Update 2019

After a period of 5 years without producing any young we are delighted that the Peregrine Falcons have 2 chicks this year.

Photo: John Hawkins

The Spring butterflies were early this year with the few Pearl-bordered Fritillaries seen all being in April. Primroses and Violets all flowered in good numbers again and the first Common Spotted Orchids are starting to bloom.

Hopefully visitors will have noticed the car park looking a bit more welcoming thanks to our volunteers. This noticeboard has been spruced up and the worst of the potholes in the access track filled in. Once the Severn Trent pipe replacement work has finished we can remove their plethera of notices relating to this!

We are planning to bring the Dexter cattle back on later this summer (who went away to have 2 healthy calves) so please look out for the notices when this happens. Thank you.

Gareth Egarr, North Reserves Officer.

Tel: 01743 284281; e: garethe@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

Winter 2018 - 2019 Update

As most regular visitors are aware, grazing with livestock is an essential part of the management of this nature reserve to maintain the flowers, insects and other wildlife for which it is so important.  Our Hebridean Sheep did a fairly good job for a few years but were not getting into the heart of the reserve.  Recently we tried a group of young Hill Radnor sheep, another rare breed.  Unfortunately we have had to remove them following the theft of one (as yet unfound) and clear signs of dog worrying in the rest.

Dexter Cattle

Editors Note: The cattle have now been moved to a safe area to calve

You will now find two Dexter Cattle on the reserve.  It is an experiment to see how their grazing affects the site.  Whilst they should be less vulnerable to dog worrying than sheep we still ask people to keep their dogs under control please.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Gareth Egarr, North Reserves Officer.

Tel: 01743 284281; e: garethe@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

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