Good places to see dragonflies in Wales - Carmarthenshire

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Carmarthenshire Sites

17 - WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre (Carmarthenshire)


18 - Ffrwd Farm Mire (Carmarthenshire)


19 - Dinefwr Park (Carmarthenshire)


20 - Talley Lakes (Carmarthenshire)

 

17 - WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre (Carmarthenshire)

WWT
Photo credit: WWT Llanelli Nick CottrellNick Cottrell
This is a man made wetland on former low grade agricultural land.  It is designated as a SSSI, SPA and Ramsar site and is adjacent to the Loughour Estuary.  It has a series of ponds, lagoons, streams and saltmarshes.  There have been 21 species of dragonfly seen on the reserve.

Dragonfly species list

There are excellent facilities including a car park, visitor centre, cafe and toilets.  There is an entry fee for the reserve which is open from 9.30 until 17.00 daily except 24th and 25th December.  There are paths that are accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs.  The centre is well signed with brown and white duck signs from Llanelli.

www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli/

www.first-nature.com/waleswildlife/sw-wwt-llanelli.php

Grid reference: SS 531 984.  Nearest postcode:  SA14 9SH.

18 - Ffrwd Farm Mire (Carmarthenshire)

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Photo credit: David Kitching

This site is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.  It is notified as part of the Gwernedd Pembre SSSI.  This site has a range of habitats, for dragonflies there is a fen, reedbed, and open water.  Recent management has seen a pond dug and scrub controlled.  Dragonfly species include the Hairy Dragonfly and Variable Damselfly. 

Ruddy Darter David Kitching

Dragonfly species list

Ffrwd farm mire is approximately 7km east of Llanelli, just north of Pembrey.  There are 3 access points; the gate near the southern corner adjoining the B4317 road, the northern corner off a minor road near the level crossing of a disused railway near Ty Mawr farm, and the right of way on the towpath of the disused Ashburnham canal.  The reserve is open at all times and viewing can be done from public footpaths and a newly installed boardwalk that leads to the open area of the wetland.

www.welshwildlife.org/ffrwd-farm-mire-pembrey/

Grid reference: (main entrance) SN 418 021 (site centre) SN 420 026. 

Nearest postcode:  SA16 0YB.

19 - Dinefwr Park (Carmarthenshire)

National Trust
Photo credit: Claire Install
Dinefwr was the first parkland in Wales to be designated a NNR it also has SSSI status and the Towy river that boarders the property is a SAC.  The park is home to many veteran trees, some thought to be more than 700 years old!  There are several habitats for dragonflies at Dinefwr, the mill pond, oxbows lakes in the flood plain meadows and the river Towy as well as smaller ponds and ditches around the estate.  Species at the park include Emperors, Southern Hawkers, Common Darters, Blue-tailed Damselflies and you can see Common Club-tailed on the riverbank.

Dragonfly species list

To get to Dinefwr, follow the signs to Llandeilo and the brown signs to the park from there, sat nav’s can be confused with the location.  Parkland entry and parking is charged at £6 per car and a separate admission is charged to Newton House, National Trust members are free.  There is a car park, toilets, tea rooms and a shop.  There is partial access to the grounds for wheelchairs and pushchairs including a boardwalk around the mill pond.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr/

www.ccgc.gov.uk/landscape--wildlife/protecting-our-landscape/special-landscapes--sites/protected-landscape/national-nature-reserves/dinefwr.aspx

www.first-nature.com/waleswildlife/sw-nnr-dinefwr.php

Grid reference: SN 625 225.  Nearest postcode:  SA19 6RT

20 - Talley Lakes (Carmarthenshire)

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (land leased from RSPB)
Photo credit: Claire Install
These are two lakes in glacial hollows.  The lakes are good for viewing birds with a hide between them.  There are several species of dragonfly here.Blue-tailed Damselfies Claire Install

Dragonfly species list

Follow the B4302 from Llandeilo for approximately 11km to Talley.  There is parking near to Talley Abbey and visitors need to follow a footpath to reach the lakes.  There is no access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

www.welshwildlife.org/talley-lakes-llandeilo-carmarthenshire/

Grid reference: (main entrance) SN 632 328 or SN 635 329; (site centre) SN 631 335.  Nearest postcode:  SA19 7AX.