Pumlumon Cardiganshire 22nd August 2020recording general
This meeting will look at the effects of grazing removal on Pumlumon, the highest point in Cardiganshire and source of the rivers Wye, Severn and Rheidol. Over the last 10 years there has been a remarkable recovery here in summit heath and grassland communities and the discovery of previously unsuspected populations of Salix herbacea (Dwarf Willow), Carex bigelowii (Stiff Sedge) - here at its southern British locality, and C. x decolorans its hybrid with C. nigra (Common Sedge) together with the dwarf mountain variants of Succisa pratensis (Devil’s-bit Scabious), Solidago virgaurea subsp. minuta (Goldenrod) and other upland or montane taxa. Remarkably, Pumlumon seems to be the only mountain without grazing stock in Wales and it could be very instructive to see the effects here of nearly 10 years regrowth and changes in species distribution and abundance. Meet at10:30 am at Maesnant, on the end of the paved road on the south side of Nant y Moch reservoir at SN7748789. Note: As with all mountain tops, Pumlumon can be very challenging and attendees will need to be able to climb and descend over 450m over sometimes very steep rocky paths and boggy areas. Good wind and waterproof equipment and sturdy footwear are essential.