Coed Tregib is a testament to the resilience of nature. Most was clear-felled during the First World War, but it has regenerated to form a habitat that is almost as rich as that found among the oldest trees (which grow mainly along the boundaries). Over 100 plant species and animal rarities such as dormice have been recorded here and it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Although most activity dies off in winter, children will enjoy finding fallow deer tracks in the soft mud and searching for discarded hazelnut shells. These giveaway the identity of the diner: grey squirrels split theirs in two, wood mice break in through rough holes, while dormice leave a neat circular entrance.
In common with most woods in the National Park, oak and ash are dominant in drier areas while the wetter areas have large patches of alder. It also contains large sections of hazel coppice. The trees here are cut back to near ground level every 10 to 15 years. This lets light reach the ground, allowing wood land flowers like primroses and bluebells to thrive. The hazels quickly regenerate, sending up vigorous new shoots that are a particularly good food source for insects. These in turn attract migrant songbirds like warblers, pied flycatchers and redstarts which fly here on the way from Africa to feed their young on a protein rich diet of insect larvae.
Although red kites rarely enter the wood, this magnificent fork-tailed raptor is relatively common in the western half of the National Park and can be seen soaring effortlessly above the wood and over local fields as it scours the ground for carrion, worms and voles.
View looking southwest from Cwmdu Evidence suggests that…