Y Ddôl Uchaf

Y Ddôl Uchaf means ‘the upper meadow’ which is its historic name before being worked as a tufa quarry and marl pit during the Second World War. The site was abandoned after this until 1965 when the local Wildlife Trust (then the North Wales Naturalist Trust) purchased it as a nature reserve. The reserve is 4ha and sits on part of the most extensive tufa deposits in the UK for which it is designated a SSSI. The site consists predominantly of secondary woodland and calcareous grassland. A number of small ponds have developed within the old quarry workings which support amphibians and reptiles like great crested newt and grass snake. There have been 12 species of dragonfly and damselfly recorded at the site. There are likely to be more species here, so if you spot a dragonfly here, please let us know!

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Image by Charlie Jackson

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North Wales Wildlife Trust
Llys Garth
Garth Road
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2RT

T: 01248 351541

Y Ddôl Uchaf