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The reserve is made up of two hay meadows, an ant meadow, two ponds and a small alder woodland. The Ant Meadow is home to over 300 Yellow Meadow Ant anthills. Green woodpeckers can be seen feeding here. Both the Common Blue and the Small Pearl Bordered butterfly can be seen from early summer.
In the Fen and Pond Meadows Marsh Marigolds bloom in the spring, Common Spotted Orchids and Devil's Bit Scabious bloom in the summer. Grass Snakes, Toads and newts live around the ponds. If you are lucky you may see a Barn Owl hunting in the evening for voles and mice. Pied Flycatchers nest in the woodland.
Cwmllwydrew Meadows is a Local Nature Reserve. It is protected because wet meadows like these are rapidly disappearing. The sheep and cattle from our farm graze the meadows as part of the traditional management that helps the wildflowers to flourish.
Grid Reference: SO 112036.
Cwmllydrew Meadows are situated in Parc Cwm Darran, Deri. CF81 9NR
By bus: Service 1 - Merthyr Tydfil to Bargoed,
Service 4 - Bargoed to Tredegar. The bus stops outside the park. The reserve is signposted off the entrance road.
By car: Parc Cwm Darran is 3 miles north of Bargoed mid way between Deri and Fochriw. Follow the brown tourist signs off the A469 north of Bargoed.