Caernarvonshire has every habitat, from its mountainous area culminating in the highest peak south of the Tweed, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), wonderful rugged coastline around the Lleyn peninsula with its little offshore islands including Ynys Enlli (Bardsey) to the magnificent oak woodlands in the Conwy valley close to the county boundary and the Migneint, one of the largest upland blanket bogs in Wales. The plant diversity is therefore extensive and includes an important percentage of Britain’s alpine flora while the northern limestone headlands support a large number of rare and scarce species including Wild Cotoneaster, unknown elsewhere in the world.
The Caernarvonshire recording group meets once a month from April to September and anyone is welcome. Most tetrads, there are approximately 447, have been visited at least twice but there are many which are under-recorded and I can provide species lists for anyone who would like to adopt a 10k square or a tetrad or would prefer to do some casual recording.
The Caernarvonshire Rare Plant Register was produced in 2008 but it now needs updating and work is ongoing to provide better detail for a future register.
The only county flora which has been published is J.E. Griffiths’ Flora of Anglesey & Carnarvonshire 1895, it is a valuable source of records and second hand copies may still be found.
Lloydia (Gagea) serotina (Julian Driver)
Caernarvonshire Recording Meetings 2016
Here are this year’s meetings. For the next 4 years we will be aiming to update records for Atlas 2020. Please bring lunch, waterproofs and suitable footwear (wellies often useful). Anyone is welcome and we often see interesting mammals, birds and insects. Meetings start at 10.30am, except for June.
Friday April 22nd: Porth Ysgaden & Porth Gwylan, Tudweiliog. We visited this area in July 2009, this is a return visit for spring flowers. Park on verge along lane just north east of Tyddyn Isaf farm SH222367
Friday May 13th: Ysbyty Ifan. Lanes and footpaths for more spring flowers. Meet by the bridge in the village at SH842488, parking should be possible nearby
Friday June (date to be confirmed later, weather dependent) Cwm Glas Mawr: species rich cliff ledges and grassland. Ramonda myconii was planted here by AGS several decades ago, does it still grow here? Please come properly equipped and prepared for a long strenuous walk and possible late return. Meet in lay-by on A4086, as near as possible to footbridge at SH622569
Friday July 15th: Garndolbenmaen. We will search for Ophioglossum vulgatum and Vicia orobus in SH5044. Meet at 10.30am in the community centre car park at SH497441
Friday August 12th: Cors y Wlad. Park at the roadside near start of footpath for Bwlch Mawr at SH437474, more space further north near the mast. We will explore wet meadows and lane banks, wellies might be best.
Friday September 16th: Llithfaen. A meeting to record around the village and along surrounding footpaths. Meet in the car-park above Nant Gwrtheyrn at SH353440
Mobile tel. no. on meeting days: 07952655932 or email Wendy.