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Llynclys Common

A mosaic of habitats, fantastic place for wildlife and plants

Old hill, I love thy springy turf
Thy berried ash and wild-wood cherry,
Thy bracken bronzed and gorse aflame
Thy rare, elusive spindleberry

From Musings on Llynclys Hill, by J. Evans

Llynclys Hill has everything – woods, meadows, scrub, screes, old quarries, sunny glades, a pond and big skies. Its extraordinary variety of habitats make it a fantastic place for birds, plants, butterflies, moths and so, of course, for botanists, birdwatchers and all keen naturalists. It’s also wonderful for children, ideal for hide-and-seek, kite flying and picnics.

The vegetation here has changed radically over the last century. The entire hill was once clear pasture, grazed by sheep, ponies, cattle and pigs belonging to registered commoners. But as the grazing beasts were withdrawn, so the scrub and woodland moved in until barely a patch of its ancient, springy turf survived. It is thanks to the close involvement of the reserve wardens and dogged efforts by Trust volunteers that glades stayed open.

Today things are looking much brighter on the hill. Fencing has once again made it possible to graze animals here and the result is a wide swathe of herb-rich, closely nibbled grassland and big views. Woodpeckers peck ants from anthills, foxes sunbathe, and butterflies bask on their favourite flowers.

Limestone brings light to the eyes of botanists and nowhere more so than Llynclys Common. More than 300 plant species have been recorded here including fairy flax, eyebright, wild thyme, common rock-rose, cowslip, Devil’s-bit scabious, yellow-wort, salad burnet, lady’s bedstraw and numerous kinds of orchid.

The purchase of Crickheath Hill in 2004 added a further 12 hectares to the nature reserve. Here you find woodland with craggy limestone outcrops, trailing, twisted stems of honeysuckle dangling from the branches of ash and oak. There are several small meadows, with orchids and other wild flowers.


Park in the lay-by just west of Llynclys crossroads on the A495, opposite Dolgoch and walk up Turners Lane or follow one of the many footpaths nearby.




Species and habitats

Meadow, Wetland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Dolgoch Quarry
1 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Sweeney Fen
1 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Llanymynech Rocks
1 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

3 miles south of Oswestry
SY10 8LW
Map reference
SJ 272 236
Best time to visit
Apr - Nov
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51.41 hectares

Footpath leading to the reserve. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Park in lay-by just west of Llynclys crossroads on A495 and walk up Turners Lane or use parking areas close to the Lime Kiln pub and walk up the footpath opposite.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01743 284280


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