Cytir Mawr Local Nature Reserve, Anglesey
Local people celebrated the first birthday of their Local Nature Reserve (LNR), Cytir Mawr, at Llandegfan, with a spring-time walk around the reserve on Sunday 1st April.
The walk was lead by Nigel Brown of Treborth Botanic Garden, University of Wales Bangor, who gave a fascinating insight into some of the birds, moths and plants that make their homes in habitats like Cytir Mawr.
Nigel also brought along his moth light trap enabling people to have a close look at the beautiful moths that had been drawn to the trap the previous evening. The moths were identified before being safely released.
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Cytir Mawr LNR was declared by Cwm Cadnant Community Council on 28th March 2006, and since that time has gone from strength to strength.
It is looked after by a management sub-group that includes representatives of the Community Council, Menter Môn, Ysgol Llandegfan, Llandegfan Environmental Partnership, North Wales Wildlife Trust and interested local people.
Since the declaration of the Cytir Mawr reserve, and throughout the autumn and winter, monthly work parties have taken place. This involved dedicated local volunteers generously giving their time and effort to help with various essential tasks to keep the reserve in a favourable condition for wildlife and people.
Further activity at the LNR is planned throughout 2007. Among the events will be a ‘mini-beast’ hunt at 2pm on 13th May, a teddy bear’s picnic on 3rd June, a moth trapping evening on 30th June, and bat detecting on the evening of 3rd August.
Events normally take place at the LNR and are usually open to all. Look out for more details in the local press and on community notice boards around Llandegfan.
Grateful thanks are given to the project funders for their support; European Union Objective 1 and Welsh Assembly Government, Countryside Council for Wales, Isle of Anglesey County Council, Cwmni Gwastraff Môn-Arfon, Forestry Commission.
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