Species rich limestone grassland and woodland overlooking the Clwydian Range, excellent for a wide range of butterflies


Aberduna Nature Reserve is 3 miles south west of Mold. From Mold, follow the A494 and take the left turning to Maeshafn just after passing through Gwernmynydd

OS Map Reference

A static map of Aberduna

Know before you go

20 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Sometimes available at the Wildlife Trust Office on the right at the first sharp bend; if not, please park in the village of Maeshafn

Grazing animals

Carneddau ponies, cattle or sheep at different times during the year

Walking trails

On public footpaths, steep in places


Rough uneven terrain


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

The site has fantastic views of the Clwydian Range AONB and comprises a wonderful mix of limestone grassland and ancient woodland growing out of cliffs and limestone pavement. Over 28 species of butterfly can be seen here including small pearl-bordered fritillary Boloria selene , brown argus Aricia agestis and common blue Polyommatus icarus. The adjoining fields and dry glacial river valleys are excellent places to see wax cap fungi and the rare moonwort Botrychium lunaria. The woodland is coppiced to create perfect conditions for woodland butterflies, invertebrates and birds.

Contact us

North Wales Wildlife Trust - Graham Berry
Contact number: 01248 351541