Day 219 Mile 219: Margot’s Marsh. A few days ago a friend of mine (named Margot) recommended a run around the Cors Ddyga Wetland Reserve, and, due to working near there today I took up this recommendation.
Cors Ddyga lies within one of the largest lowland wetlands in Wales, and its lakes, ponds and ditches are some of the most important in the UK and host over 30 scarce wetland plants.
The grassland also supports one of Wales’ few lapwing colonies and resounds to the song of skylarks. The Cors Ddyga Site of Special Scientific Interest is one of just three in Wales designated for the richness of its aquatic invertebrates, such as dragonflies and water beetles. The reedbeds are home to otters, water voles and wetland birds: it is one of the few places to see marsh harriers.
Within this area there is also one of the few examples of coal mining in North West Wales. The Anglesey coalfield is little known, but there are a number of remains to be found. Coal has been worked on the island since at least the Tudor times but the most extensive development appears to have been in the mid 19th century. In 1839 a shaft was sunk at Berw and a steam engine installed to drain the workings. Four seams were worked; the 3ft, the 4ft, the 6ft and the three quarter yard. Production levels were not high and there appears to have been little coal worked after 1868 and the buildings at were converted to agricultural purposes. The remains today include the chimney, derelict cottages, and a number of shaft mounds.
It is a beautiful place and once you admit that you are going to get wet, but probably not sink to an untimely demise it is actually very good fun.
Today’s run turned out to be a bit further than expected due to paths being marked as going over drainage ditches but instead turning out to be divided by them necessitating an additional 1.5 mile diversion and a few map reading stops. On a plus side the only cows I encountered were also on the other side of one of these ditches which after my last exploits running through a cow field was something of a relief.
It is a very special place, and I’m not sure the photos do it justice, by simply looking a bit flat and reedy. It is somewhere to come and spend time, even in my brief stint there I ran through a flock of Skylark, which proved to be an amazing experience!
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Distance: 4181.8 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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