Glascoed Nature Reserve

Site overview

Glascoed is situated west of St. Asaph town, and on the west side of St. Asaph business park.  The reserve was created in 2000 to help support the internationally rare Great Crested Newt, displaced by the construction of St Asaph Business Park. The reserve is a mosaic of 14 ponds, improved grasslands, ditch and 2 planted woodland compartments supporting a variety of wildlife. There are some mature trees in pre-existing hedgerows, especially along the northern boundary.

The entrance is located at the end of Llys Edmund Prys. The north, east and south side of the reserve have hedge boundaries. Farmer’s fields are neighbours to the site on the north, west and south side of the reserve.  The west side boundary is also hedge with a bridle way. There is a gate the north side of the reserve also allowing access onto or out of the reserve. There is also a viewing hide for wildlife watchers to use.

NEWWildlife own the site for management for the benefit of the Great Crested Newt.  There are  ponds on the business park belonging to WAG/individual businesses who have bought plots.  Monitoring of the rest of the park is done by Middlemarch Environmental.

Key species list

The dominant flora are grassland species, other species include Ragged robin, Cow parsley, Cuckoo flower and Musk mallow. The hedgerows are of Common hawthorn, Blackthorn and the occasional Willow. In the middle meadow there are Black poplar and in the ponds Bur-reed can be found. Bird species vary over the seasons with the hedgerows attracting Redwing and Fieldfares in winter and the grassland attracting Swallows, House martins and Meadow pipit in summer. Year round residents include common species like Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Magpie and Great tit and scarcer species are Bullfinch, Barn owl and Song thrush. Mammals are plenty with Red fox, Badger, and Brown long-eared bat and visits from Roe and Fallow deer. Invertebrates include butterflies such as Meadow brown and Gatekeeper and wetland species such as the Emperor dragonfly and Broad-bodied chaser. Amphibians include the Great crested, Smooth and Palmate newts, along with Common frog and Common toad. No reptiles have been recorded to date. 

 Further Information

At the time of writing activities at this site are arranged as and when needed. However, there are activities throughout the year which volunteers may take part in such as ecological surveys and litter picking. To get involved contact the NEWW office for details.

Recent sightings

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