AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


News and events

  • Butterfly monitoring


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    The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB have been on a mission to monitor our butterflies.  Surveying butterflies is important because the data colected can be used to show the relative success of local habitat management.  Butterflies have a very rapid life cycle and high senstitivity to environmental conditions.  Their dependence on particular plant species and habitats gives a good indication of where to direct conservation effort and assess how effective current conservation work is.  A good example of a butterfly species that dependent on its habitat and other species within it, is the common blue butterfly.  Common blue butterflies lay their eggs on their caterpillar's food plant which is ususally the common bird's foot trefoil.  After around 8 days these eggs hatch and the caterpillars feed on this plant.   while the caterpillar is feeding, it will secrete a honeydew substance which attracts ants.  In return for the constant supply of honeydew, ants will protect the caterpillar from predators.  After around 6 weeks the caterpillar will form into a chrysalis on the ground or at the base of its food plant.  Ants that find the chrysails often bury it which again will protect it from predators.  After two weeks the butterfly will then emerge from the chrysalis as an adult butterfly. They will then find a mate and the cycle will start again. This particular species will usually only live for 3 weeks.  Without the bird's-foot trefoil and the ants, this species of butterfly would not be able to survive.  Butterfly surveys have been set up at both Loggerheads country Park and Prestatyn Hillside.  The Loggerheads Country Park transect was set up in February 2017 and was surveyed throughout the season. 22 different species were recorded, with 3 being Species of Principal Importance.  The Prestatyn hillside transect was set up at the end of 2017. Training of local people has taken place and the transect is now being monitored by volunteers. The data collected on the transect will be analysed at the end of the 2018 season.  It is hoped that more transects will be started within the AONB by trained volunteers.  Getting volunteers involved has made surveying more sustainable and has also educated a new audience about the importanance of  our beauriful  butterflies.  If anyone is interested in surveying butterflies in the area, please get in touch vicky.knight@denbighshire.gov.uk

  • The Curlew


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    The Curlew is one of Britain's most iconic bird species. Its distinct and evocative song is a familiar sound; a harbinger of spring that is deeply ingrained within our culture.  Sadly, the Curlew is under severe threat, facing an uncertain future throughout Wales and is fast becoming rare.   How can you help?

    It is vital to determine where Curlews are present. We need as many records as possible to tell us where curlews are during the breeding season (between April and June). If you encounter any curlews – or have seen or heard any over the last few months whilst out and about, please let us know.  If you are keen to know more, please email Vicky Knight from the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB at vicky.knight@denbighshire.gov.uk or call 01824 712729

  • Out & About 2018


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    Every year we produce an events programme called "Out and About". It's crammed with family events, guided walks and practical projects.So if you want to see a hillfort, pick a bilberry, watch a meteorite, detect a bat or hunt some bugs, download the booklet from the link.

    Our 2018 programme offers a range of ways to enjoy the stunning landscape & heritage of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surounding countryside.

    There's an event for everyone in there. To book a place or to find out more, call us on 01824 712757 or email loggerheads.countrypark@denbighshire.gov.uk


  • Prestatyn & Clwydian Range Walking Festival 18th 20th May 2018


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    Prestatyn & Meliden is a Walkers are Welcome town and is celebrating its' 15th annual walking festival providing 28 free guided walks for all ages and abilities ranging from a day trek on the Offa's Dyke Path National trail to easy strolls. The general theme this year will be ROUTES TO THE SEA offering fun and adventure for the all the family as well as the serious walker. Situated at the northern end of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB, Prestatyn is ideally located with easy access to many way-marked coastal and hill walks in an area rich in history and biodiversity.


    01745 857185

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