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A better bird hide…

Improvements to the bird hide at Llyn Rhos Ddu, the little lake by the Marram Grass car park, are finished.

Llyn Rhos Ddu bird hide - outside

Llyn Rhos Ddu bird hide – outside

Some beautiful timber has been used to make new shutters, a bench and a porch. This means the hide is more easily accessible – you no longer have to slide the heavy door out of the way.

The inside of the hide with its new bench, shelf and shutters

The inside of the hide with its new bench, shelf and shutters

The hide is easily reached from the car park: it’s only about 30m along a level path and there is space for wheelchairs inside. It’s a great place for watching swans, herons, egrets, ducks and coots.

Today was incredibly windy and although all the coots, ducks and swans were facing one way, they were being blown in the opposite direction by the wind :)

Today was incredibly windy and although all the coots, ducks and swans were facing one way, they were being blown in the opposite direction by the wind :)

 

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Llyn Coron – fly fishing and a circular walk

The coast around Newborough, and most of Anglesey, offers great opportunities for sea fishing. But, if you prefer fly fishing, Llyn Coron provides a beautiful setting for just that. As long ago as 1874, the lake was mentioned in Black’s Picturesque Guide to Wales as being a favourite with anglers .

Llyn Coron lies midway between Aberffraw and Malltraeth, tucked away behind the dunes that flank the A4080.

Llyn Coron lies midway between Aberffraw and Malltraeth, tucked away behind the dunes that flank the A4080.

Llyn Coron is a natural lake formed by the sand dunes at Aberffraw blocking a number of streams from running towards the sea. Llyn Coron collects the water from these small streams and lets it run out to the sea through the Afon Ffraw.

Permits are required for fishing the “hard fighting wild brown trout” and other fish the lake contains:

Llyn Coron Fisheries sign

Llyn Coron Fisheries sign

There is a small pull-in for anglers only on the back lane that runs from Aberffraw towards Bethel.

There is a small pull-in for anglers only on the back lane that runs from Aberffraw towards Bethel.

In theory, there is a path that goes almost all the way around the lake and provides a nice circular walk. Sadly, in practice, the path is often overgrown and sometimes blocked completely by fences… So, if you do decide to walk around the lake, be prepared!

footpath blocked llyn coron

There are two lay-bys off the A4080 just after the hamlet of Llangadwaladr where you can park to access footpaths leading to the lake if you’re not fishing.

Like ducks (or coots, or geese or swans) to water…

The good weather at the weekend saw lots of this year’s baby birds take to the water for their first swims.

A trio of cootlings with their fuzzy little red top knots

A trio of cootlings with their fuzzy little red top knots

baby coots

Mother (and father) goose with six goslings

Mother (and father) goose with six goslings

This pair of mute swans only have a solitary cygnet, but they're giving it their full love and attention :)

This pair of mute swans only have a solitary cygnet, but they’re giving it their full love and attention :)

solitary cygnet

Funnily enough, there weren’t actually any ducklings about!

All these photos were taken from the Lon Las Cefni, close to the point where it joins the path that comes from the small Cors Ddyga car park near Pentre Berw. Both paths have recently been upgraded and it is possible to park at Cors Ddyga and get up to the Lon Las Cefni with a wheelchair (as long as there is somebody to help with the gates – they’re wide, but not easy to manage). The car park is signposted from the A5 just past Pentre Berw, heading towards Llangefni. The approximate grid reference is SH4617772627.

This is the sign at the (very small) parking area, showing the footpaths (and where German bombs fell during WWII!)

Lon Gors information sign Malltraeth Marsh

Access for all

Over the winter, an awful lot of work has been taking place in Newborough Forest. A new easy access trail for wheelchair users is one part of the works. The trail, a wooden boardwalk, provides access to an elevated viewing platform giving stunning views across the beach.

The start of the new easy access trail

The start of the new easy access trail

First glimpse of the sea

First glimpse of the sea

The new viewing platform with picnic tables and beautiful views

The new viewing platform with picnic tables and beautiful views

Work on the trail is very nearly completed and it is open for use while the final finishing touches are put in place.

The work has been done by Jones Bros, working through a bone numbingly cold winter, so fair play to them. Chwarae teg.

Jones Bros banner

Jones Bros banner

The boardwalks and viewing platform nestled into the edge of the forest, with Snowdonia in the background

The boardwalks and viewing platform nestled into the edge of the forest, with Snowdonia in the background