The fascinating Abercamlo reserve comprises a wet heathy pasture with scrub and three small basin mires resulting from the formation of periglacial pingos. It looks at its very best in summer when the meadowsweet and common valerian are in flower. A marked trail takes you on a circular walk around the reserve and wellingtons are advisable for much of the year as it's a wet site. Access to the Abercamlo reserve is kindly granted by the owners of the site. The agreement covers 4.9 ha (12 acres).
The mires contain several species of Sphagnum Mosses, with species such as insectivorous Round-leaved Sundew, Cranberry, Bogbean and Marsh Cinquefoil. Butterflies include Orange Tip, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Common Blue, Meadow Brown and Ringlet.
The dry heathy pastures and wetter hollows contain a mixture of species including Common Valerian, Petty Whin, Dyers Greenweed, Devil's-bit scabious, Heather, Cross-leaved Heath and Marsh pennywort. Gorse and Downy Birch are common.
Scrub is an important bird habitat providing cover for Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Black cap and Garden Warbler. Reed Bunting and Yellow hammer have also been known to breed here in some years.
From Crossgates roundabout, head towards Rhayader on the A44 for 0.7miles, then turn left after the red brick house onto the minor road signposted Llanyre. This reserve is on the left less than quarter of a mile down the road. Please take care not to obstruct the highway or any gateways when parking.
NGR: SO 073 650