Eithinog Nature Reserve

Eithinog Nature Reserve

Eithinog

Overlooking the Menai Strait on one side and with views of Snowdonia on the other, this is a much-loved wild oasis in the heart of Bangor.

Location

Eithinog Road
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2GZ

OS Map Reference

SH 563713
OS Explorer Map OL17
A static map of Eithinog

Know before you go

Size
11 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in the layby across the road from the reserve entrance

Grazing animals

Cattle, all year round.

Walking trails

The reserve comprises open fields with wet areas and wooded edges with both public rights of way and other paths. Paths may be muddy or wet at various locations throughout the year with steep rough surfaces on occasion, appropriate footwear is recommended.

Access

There are kissing gates at the reserve entrance and between fields that may restrict access.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Summer for wildflowers; early Autumn for grassland fungi

About the reserve

Saved from development by a community who treasure it, this urban nature reserve is protected for its huge variety of grassland fungi.  From late summer, the oranges, reds, pinks and yellows of the waxcaps that stud the fields match the changing colours of the autumn leaves.  Hunt amongst the grass for the almost unnaturally green hue of the parrot waxcap and the bright yellow of coral fungi. Wander the network of crisscrossing paths in the spring and summer, however, and it’s the wildflowers that put on a show: the yellow of hay-rattle is accompanied by the purple-whites of common spotted-orchids. The large hedgerows and gorse bushes are filled with the sound of nesting birds, like chiffchaff and dunnock.

 

Urban cows

The reserve is primarily managed to keep the grassland in the best condition for the fungi. Cattle graze the site, keeping the scrub under control and maintaining shorter grass that allows both the fungi and wildflowers to thrive. The cows – all named – are monitored by a wonderful team of volunteers who make sure they’re happy and healthy!  Scrub is also selectively thinned to create a diverse age and species structure, which creates the most opportunities for other wildlife.
 

Did you know?

The western fields of Eithinog are known locally as ‘Brewery Fields’ after a small brewery that was established there in 1812. You can still see its chimney just beyond the south-western end of the site.

Directions

Located in Bangor, Eithinog can be found close to both Ysgol Friars and Ysgol Cae Top. Exit the A55 at Junction 9, signposted for Ysbyty Gwynedd, and carry on past the hospital on Penrhos Road for about a mile until you reach a small roundabout. Turn Left onto Belmont Road (signposted Ysgol Friars), then take the third Left onto Ffordd Eithinog. The main reserve entrance is on the Right, just before the school car park (SH 563 713). Limited roadside parking is available.

Contact us

Chris Wynne
Contact number: 01248 351541

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)