Good places to see dragonflies in Wales - Conwy

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Conwy Sites

35 - RSPB Conwy (Conwy) 

 

36 - Gwern Engen (also known as Gwernengan and Gwern Engan) (Conwy)

 

37 - Cors Bodgynydd (Conwy)

 

 

35 - RSPB Conwy (Conwy)

RSPBCommon Hawker David Kitching
Photo credit: David Kitching
This is a RSPB reserve on the banks of the Conwy Estuary.  There have been 14 dragonfly species recorded here.  At the moment the dragonfly species list is not too impressive but they are seen on a series of freshwater ponds (some of which were created a couple of years ago specifically for dragonflies) rather than on the larger lagoons.  As some of these ponds are new, more dragonflies may be encouraged into this reserve.  Bridge Pond is one of the best places to view dragonflies on this reserve.
 
 
There are 3 trails round the site, the ‘blue tit’ and ‘redshank’ trails are wheelchair and pushchair friendly, the ‘grey heron’ trail is unpaved.
 
The reserve is open all year round usually from 9.30am until 5pm.  Entry to the reserve is free for members of the RSPB and there is a charge for non-members (adults £3, concessions £2, children £1.50 and family £6.50).  There is a visitor centre, cafe, shop, toilets and car park.  
 
The reserve is just a mile from Llandudno Junction railway station.  By car, exit the A55 at junction 18 and follow the brown RSPB signs to the entrance which is on the south side of the reserve.
 
 
 
Grid reference: SH 797 773.  Nearest postcode:  LL31 9XZ.

36 - Gwern Engen (also known as Gwernengan and Gwern Engan) (Conwy)

Jointly owned by the Snowdonia National Park Authority and Pensychnant Nature Conservation Centre
Photo credit: David KitchingBlack Darter David Kitching
This is an acid sphagnum bog lake formed after moss filed an old glacial rock basin.  It is a very good site for dragonflies. 
 
 
This land is common land and is open access.  To get to the car park which is just off the Sychnant Pass, take the A547 off the A55 at Conwy.  If you are approaching from the east; in Conwy, turn right onto Mount Pleasant Road and right at the junction onto Sychnant Pass Road.  If you are approaching from the south / west / north, turn left off Conwy’s one-way system into Lower Gate Street. This is the start of Sychnant Pass Road.  After about 2 miles, the car park is off a track on the left just after the hotel and just before you get to the walls of the turning for Pensychnant Estate.
 
 
Grid reference: SH 755 767.  Nearest postcode:  LL32 8BJ.

37 - Cors Bodgynydd (Conwy)

North Wales Wildlife Trust
Photo credit: Allan BrandonCors Bodgynydd Allan Brandon
This site has several different habitats, as well as an acid bog including a reservoir (Llyn Bodgynydd Bach) and lake to the south (Llyn Tynmynydd).  There are 16 species found on this site, Black-tailed Skimmers turned up in 2013 at the reservoir.  Keeled Skimmers and Black Darters are found throughout the site and Scarce Blue-tailed Damsel is found at the lake, one of only two known sites in Snowdonia.
 
 
This reserve is about 3 miles north west of Betws-y-Coed.  It is probably easiest to approach it from one of the unclassified roads leaving the A5 west of Betws-y-Coed or from unclassified roads leaving the B5106 south west of Llanrwst.   There is a small car park.  This reserve is not suitable for wheelchairs or push chairs and care should be taken as it is dangerous in places.  The reserve is grazed by 3 friendly Highland cattle.
 
 
 
Grid reference: SH 767 597.  Nearest postcode:  LL27 0YZ.