Since it was established in 1994, a number of volunteers and local groups have been working with Gwynedd Council to manage Y Foryd Local Nature Reserve. The nature reserve, which has been established in the Foryd Bay to the south-west of Caernarfon, is an important site for native and migratory birds, with birds like the widgeon flocking there in their thousands during the winter from colder countries like Iceland.
To celebrate the fact that the bay has been allocated a Local Nature Reserve for 15 years, Gwynedd Council has been working with the Countryside Council for Wales to put up a special bench on the site. The bench which has been constructed on a boat-like form is located in the parking and unofficial picnic area on the eastern banks of the bay. The bench is also gateway feature so that visitors know that they have reached the site.
The Foryd is a popular destination for local residents and visitors to the area, and local schools and education groups visit the area on a regular basis. Pupils from Ysgol Talysarn visited recently, and they have been studying the local wildlife and the wonderful coastal landscape with Haydn Hughes, Gwynedd Council Countryside Warden, and Bryn Griffiths, Biodiversity Officer with the Council.
“It’s great to see children and young people from the local area visiting the site and taking a real interest in wildlife, and showing concern for the future of our natural world,” said Haydn.
“What better way to reinforce classroom lessons than by visiting a site and seeing for themselves, having a chance to observe, have a bit of adventure and play?”
As a popular site to relax and to go for a walk for local residents and visitors to the area, Y Foryd includes a bird hide which can be used by all. To use the bird hide, contact Haydn Hughes, Countryside Warden on 01286 679841.
Y Foryd is open every day of the year, and you can visit the site by following the brown and white nature reserve signs (with a picture of a duck) from the Caernarfon or Llandwrog direction.