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Cnwch Bank

An area of upland dominated by large areas of heather, interspersed with areas of bracken and acid grassland.

Cnwch Bank is part of Beacon Hill with much of the land owned by the Crown Estate. Radnorshire Wildlife Trust now owns 82ha (197acres) known as Cnwch Bank. The pool on Pool Hill and the River Lugg are notified Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Wildlife of Interest

This area of upland is dominated by large areas of Heather, interspersed with areas of Bracken and acid grassland.

Wet flushes on the moorland support species such as Water Purslane, Sphagnum Moss, Lesser Twayblade Listera cordata, Pillwort Pilularia globulifera, the insectivorous Lesser Bladderwort Urtricularia minor, Bog Pondweed Potomogeton polygonifoloius, Spike Rush Eleocharis sp. and Orange Foxtail Alopercurus aequalis. Also recorded is a rare freshwater alga Monstroma sp. and Moonwort Botrychium lunaria which was discovered on a verge as you enter the reserve.

High up on this windswept moorland, breeding birds include Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Merlin, Red Grouse, Linnet, Peregrine and Raven. Hen Harrier and Red Kite are known to visit.

Nearby nature reserves

Tylcau Hill (Floss Brand) Nature Reserve
3 miles - Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Mynydd Ffoesidoes
6 miles - Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
7 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Cnwch Bank Beacon Hill
Nr Llangungllo
Map reference
SO 178 742
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82.00 hectares

The common can be reached on foot via many rights of way shown on the OS map.
Walking information
The area of Beacon Hill and Cnwch Bank are open access land and can be walked freely.
The best access by car is at SO 192 748. Go through the gate and park 100m beyond. Please take care not to block any tracks, roads or gateways.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01597 823298