Speckled Wood on Bramble
Howardian
Local Nature Reserve

Introduction

Aerial View &
Location Map


Habitats

Animals

Dormice

Birds

Invertebrates

Butterflies

Moths

Fauna list

Plants

Orchids

Trees/Shrubs

Fungi

Lichen, Moss
& Liverworts


Flora list

Vistas

Slideshows

Snowscenes

Viewpoints

Nature Trail

Friends' Group

Management

History/Archive

Useful
Information


Contact

Links
History

In 1973 Cardiff City Council asked the Natural History Society of Howardian High School if it would like to manage 6 acres of scrub/grass/woodland, adjacent to the school, as a nature reserve, thus began 17 years of involvement by the pupils with the Reserve until the Schools closure in 1990. During this time the Reserve was gradually extended to 30 acres. Much of the Howardian Local Nature Reserve site was a disused domestic rubbish tip.

Howardian Local Nature Reserve
  Looking northward toward Eastern Avenue 1974 Howardian Local Nature Reserve
  Looking eastward to Rhumney river 1974 Howardian Local Nature Reserve 1974 Howardian Local Nature Reserve
  Looking Southward towards Ipswich Road 1974

The Friends' Group was formed in 1989, by an enthusiastic group of local residents, who work with Cardiff County Council to further improve the reserve. A good network of paths now weave between the great variety of habitats that are packed with interesting flora and fauna. Works continue today to improve the reserve for its wildlife interest and public enjoyment.

In recognition of the site's value for wildlife, it was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1991.

A Nature Trail booklet was produced by the Friends group and the Cardiff Council in 1996.

Howardian LNR Archive
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Howardian High School
  Natural History Society
  Gazette 1972-76 Howardian High School
  Natural History Society
  Information Sheets 1972-76 Howardian High School
  Natural History Society
  Information Sheets 1972-76 Howardian High School
  Natural History Society
  Newsletters 1973-82
Nat Hist Soc
Gazette 72-76
Nat Hist Soc
Info Sheets 72-76
Early Phographs
1973
Nat Hist Soc
Newsletters 73-82
Nature Trail Booklet 1973 Species List 1973/1986 Howardian High School
  Natural History Society
  Through the Eyes
  of The Press 1974 Newspaper Cuttings
  1974-2001
Nature Trail
Booklet 1973
Species List
1973/1986
Through the Eyes
of The Press 1974
Newspaper Cuttings
1974-2001
Prince of Wales Award 1975 Howardian Local Nature Reserve 
Planting Summary 1988/1992 Howardian Local Nature Reserve 
Hay Rake 1988 Voluntary Wardens
 Managment Plan
  April 1989
Prince of Wales
Award 1975
Planting Summary
1988/1992
Hay Rake
1988
Management Plan
April 1989
Plant List 
May/October 1992 Bye Laws 
July 1993 Howardian Local Nature Reserve
  Newsletters 1994-99 Nature Trail
  Booklet 1996
Plant List
May/October 1992
Bye Laws
July 1993
Newsletters
1994-99
Nature Trail
Booklet 1996
Tidy Wales Award
 1998 Management Plan #010;2000 Location Names Dr Mary Gillham's
  proposal 2002
Tidy Wales Award
1998
Management Plan
2000
Annotated Map
2010
Dr Mary Gillham's
proposal 2002
Museum Newsletter Green Flag Award 2017-18 Dr Mary Gillham
  Wildlife sketches
In Print
2011-12
Green Flag Award
2017-18
Wildlife sketches
Dr Mary Gillham
Howardian Local Nature Reserve Motif
  Speckled Wood Butterfly on sprig of Bramble
  by Dr Mary Gillham MBE
The Reserve's Motif ~ Speckled Wood Butterfly on sprig of Bramble
drawn by Doctor Mary Gillham MBE


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