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.
Caernarvonshire recording group
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.
Caernarvonshire Recording Meetings 2019
Here are this year’s meetings. This is the final year of trying to update records for Atlas 2020. Please bring lunch, waterproofs and waterproof boots or wellies. Anyone is welcome and we often see interesting mammals, birds and insects. Meetings start at 10.30am.
Friday April 5th: Henryd. A meeting to record the spring flowers of lanes and roadside banks. Meet in the car park near Coed Parc Mawr at SH760744.
Friday May 10th: Llwyndyrys. Meet in large lay-by on the north side of the road c. 1.5 km. east of Llwyndyrys at SH389406. We will walk west along the lane towards the footpaths which lead north to the Afon Erch.
Friday June 14h: Nant Gwrtheyrn. We will search for Vicia sylvatica (Wood vetch) at Porth y Nant. Meet in the car park at SH353441. We might be able to share cars down the Welsh language Centre.
Friday July 19th: Cwm Pennant. A disused reservoir & base-rich cliffs at the foot of Moel Lefn. Meet in the car park at Beudy’r Ddol at the road end at SH540492.
Friday August 16th: Y Ffor. We will follow footpaths to the north. Meet in large lay-by near South Caernarfon Creameries at Rhyd y Gwystl SH405392.
Friday September 6th: Mynydd Rhiw. A meeting to try & update an old record for Gymnocarpium dryopteris (Oak fern). We should also see Dryopteris aemula (Hay-scented buckler). Meet in the car park at SH237295.
Mobile tel. no. on meeting days: 07952655932