To start off the celebrations of all things Welsh and mark the patron saint of Wales, why not visit some beautiful reserves across Wales and admire the national flower, the Wild Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus).
As the beginning of spring fast approaches, the unmistakable ‘golden’ flowers of the wild daffodil start to emerge, brightening British woodland, meadows and grasslands. Although a perennial readily associated with Easter (hence its common name, the Easter lily), wild daffodils are actually part of the Amaryllidaceae family, along with snowdrops and snowflakes. In contrast to garden varieties, they are smaller in size and have paler petals.
Coed-y-Bwl woods, south of Bridgend is home to a spectacular display of wild daffodils across six acres of woodland. As a locally rare plant, the reserve has been highly commended in the Vale of Glamorgan Biodiversity Partnership Awards for Wildlife for conserving wild daffodil populations in abundance; a sight you wouldn’t want to miss this coming spring. The reserve is also a great location to enjoy wood anemone and bluebells.
Also, why not visit Llandefaelog wood in Powys where you can enjoy a walk around the small, yet charming reserve where wild daffodils bloom along the southern boundary. The woodland is also home to a number of ponds attracting a variety of wildlife including common frogs, toads and bats. As a reserve within close proximity to Brecon Beacons National Park, Llandefaelog wood provides a great starting point for a fantastic day out.
There are several reserves in counties across England to enjoy the wild daffodil in bloom. For more information contact your local Wildlife Trust.
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