Wepre Wood

In Shotton, Deeside, turn into Wepre Road at the traffic lights by the Somerfield Supermarket. After about 1 Kilometre, turn left into Wepre Park. Although close to town, a walk through the delightful woodland can yield some surprising results.

Dipper Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher inhabit the stream, while 3 species of Woodpecker, Nuthatch,Treecreeper, various Warblers, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers,Tits and Finches can be seen in the woodland.

Garth Woods

O.S. Map Reference SJ137816
From Ffynnongroew on the A548 between Mostyn and Talacre, footpaths give access into Garth Woods. Species are similar to those found at
Wepre Wood.


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Ysceifiog is on the A541 Mold to Denbigh road. There are actually 2 Nature Reserves here and also an area of woodland owned by the Wildlife Trust. The 2 Reserves are the Coed Tyddyn Halen Reserve which is owned by the Clwyd Badger Group and the Ddol Uchaf Reserve owned by the North Wales Wildlife Trust. Coed Tyddyn Halen is an area of mixed woodland, marsh and wet meadow and it's diversity of habitat is responsible for a wide range of Birds, Mammals, Butterflies and Flora. More than 50 bird species have been recorded at this site. Ddol Uchaf is on the site of a disused "tufa" pit, a rare form of limestone formed from calcium carbonate leached by streams flowing from Halkyn Mountains. This area is now a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It is an area of woodland containing wet meadow, streams and ponds and is also diverse in the extent of it's wildlife.

Loggerheads Co. Park

From Mold, take the A494 Ruthin road for 5-6 Kilometres. Entrance to the park is well signposted. There is a visitor centre and cafe close to the entrance and the park attracts a large number of visitors paticularly over the summer months. Although a great variety of birds can be seen at this site, it is necessary to walk some distance away from the centre down the leat to quieter areas before the full potential of this site is realized.

On the stream, Dipper, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail breed, while in the woodland, most of the common resident Tits and Finches can be found, augmented by northern migrants such as Brambling and Siskin in winter. Other residents include, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Woodpeckers and Goldcrest with Warblers, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and Blackcap as summer visitors.

Erddig Park

Erddig Park is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Wrexham. There are many entrances well signposted from the Wrexham Bypass and from within the town. A fee is charged for entrance to the well appointed walled gardens and Erddig House, a sumptuously decorated and furnished mansion, previously the residence of Squire Yorke, benefactor of the town.

Entrance to the parkland surrounding the grounds is free and open year round. The park consists of extensive woodland and grazing meadow, with a small lake and many brooks and streams. A diverse selection of birds are to be found amongst the mixed habitat. Common woodland species are joined by migratory thrushes, Fieldfare and Redwing in winter. Dipper, Wagtails and Kingfisher are found on the streams. The Lake is only a few years old but an increasing list of birds may be found here including Heron, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Teal, Swan, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Ruddy Duck and Snipe.

Clocaenog Forest

This is an extensive area of coniferous woodland southwest of Ruthin covering over 50 Sq. Kilometres of moorland. Owned by the Forestry Commision it is interlaced with dirt track roads, cycle ways and footpaths. Access can be gained at many points on the B5105. There is picnic site and Visitor Centre (SJ037511) between Clawdd Newydd and Cerrigydrudion. Common birds include Goldcrest, Coal, Blue Tits, Chaffinch, Warblers, Redstart, Siskin and Redpoll. Occasional irruptions of Crossbill occur through the year. Sparrowhawk and Kestrel are common raptors, with Buzzard and Raven often seen here.

Ceiriog Forest

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This site can be accessed on minor roads from Llangollen, Froncysyllte, Chirk or Glyn Ceiriog. Glyn Ceiriog is easiest. From here take the road signposted for Nantyr, at a white cottage called Bryn Awel, vere right, through a gate marked Glyndyfrdwy into the forest. Park at the Forestry Commision Picnic Site. From here it is possible to walk or even drive, on dirt track unfenced road, across heather clad moor and eventually through deciduous woodland before emerging in Glyndyfrdwy village. This road is only suitable for 4 wheel drive of "Off Roaders" in wet weather conditions.

In the forest birds species are similar to those in Cloceanog. On the moor, Pipits, Skylark, Wheatear and Whinchat are common in summer with possibility of Ring Ouzel, Red and Black Grouse.