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Black MountainsSatellite View
The Black Mountains in the north are completely rural. Turbulent rocky streams, small pastures, patches of alder, ash and oak woodland. The slopes (ffridd) between the enclosed farmland and the open moor are rough grassland with bracken and scattered hawthorns and rowan. The plateaux support heather and bilberry, moor-land and peat bogs. Rocky crags and cliffs, and disused quarries are also present.
Chepstow Park WoodSatellite View
Chepstow Park Wood, at the right times of the year, has crossbill, nightjar, woodcock, redpoll, siskin. Goshawk can be seen in various locations, as can hobby.
Llandegfedd ReservoirSatellite View
Llandegfedd Reservoir is more important for wintering wildfowl. There is sailing on part of the lake in the summer. Again, many good spots are too small, and too numerous to list.
The Wye ValleyThe Wye Valley is a region in itself, with steep, wood-clad slopes, and is a Mecca for botanists. Symonds Yat viewing point is a well-known for Peregrine.
Birds of Gwentby Andrew Baker Helm 2007
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Gwent Bird Report...available from Jerry Lewis, Y Bwthyn Gwyn, Coldbrooke, Abergavenny NP7 9TD
Abergavenny RSPB Wildlife ExplorersWebsite
The group is for Children with an interest in wildlife, and the environment. They meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Address: Ty'r Morwydd Enviromental Studies Centre, Pen-Y-Pound, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire - 01873 832072
Gwent Ornithological SocietyWebsite
Secretary - Trevor Russell - The Pines, Highfield Road, Monmouthshire NP5 3HP 01600 716266
Gwent Wildlife TrustWebsite
Gwent covers the lower Wye and Usk river valleys and the Severn Estuary in South East Wales. In the last fifty years Gwent has lost two thirds of its ancient woodland and the lowlands surrounding the Severn Estuary are threatened by industrial development...
Chepstow Park WoodWebsite
Chepstow Park Wood, located immediately south of the village towards Itton, is an extensive area of mixed woodland owned and managed by the Forestry Commission, popular with walkers. It was established as a hunting forest around 1280 by Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, the lord of Striguil or Chepstow Castle...
At Park cottage we offer a great welcome, good food and stylish accommodation in our guestroom. But, we are also keen to minimise our environmental impact. Hot water and heating are through a ground source heat pump, and during winter the wood burner is fired up for a cosy atmosphere. In addition our food is locally sourced, including free-range meat from a local butcher and eggs from our own pure breed chickens...
Parva Farmhouse Riverside Guesthouse & RestaurantAccommodation
Parva is a 17th Century former farmhouse idylically set just 50 metres from the banks of the River Wye, next door to the medieval St. MichaelÆs Church and less than a mile from the historic Tintern Abbey. This small, friendly, guesthouse oozes olde worlde character and comfort in an informal atmosphere where you can relax and put the pressures of your daily routines on hold while you enjoy our hospitality and the surrounding countryside...
Valley Naturalist is a new blog documenting my activities as an amateur naturalist in the south Wales valleys and beyond. From the wetlands and waterbodies of the Heads of the Valleys, the post industrial habitats of the coalfield area to the coastal lowlands and reservoirs of Monmouthshire (vc35), this blog will promote the recording, photographing and study of the rich natural history of a hitherto neglected and undervalued biodiversity resource. In doing so it aims to champion 'local patching' as an important contribution to nature conservation encouraging others to visit and record the wildlife of this area of Wales...
Aim - To conserve and enhance the landscape by enabling members to maintain, manage and restore their semi-natural grasslands and associated features...
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