Parkland walks at Dinefwr

Sarah Jones, Engagement Ranger Sarah Jones Engagement Ranger
Fallow deer graze the ancient pasture at Dinefwr

Dinefwr Park is one of the most illustrious places in Welsh history, a stunning 800 acre estate on the outskirts of the old farming town of Llandeilo.

A Sight of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the first parkland National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Wales, Dinefwr Park is a microcosm of Welsh heritage and natural history.

The estate slopes down to the level fields forming the Tywi floodplain where small lakes on the plain edges add more beauty and interest to the landscape.

Dinefwr boasts a vast and diverse range of habitats and environment. From flower rich hay meadows to dense woodland, wide open spaces to bog woods and wet meadows. Each providing vital habitats for a range of species and playing a crucial role in Britain’s biodiversity.

" If you take a handful of the soil at Dinefwr and squeeze it in your hand, the juice that will flow from your hands is the essence of Wales."
- Wynford Vaughan Thomas

Dinefwr Wildlife

Nature has been truly bountiful to this place.

As well as a dense population of some of Britain’s most astonishing native and migrant birds, the estate is home to many of Britain’s most elusive mammals; some of which people live a lifetime without spotting, like otter, pole cat, voles, fallow deer and badgers.

Our badger set, situated in the deciduous forest never fails to entertain. Hidden in a wooden hide, just above the set, you can watch as they come out in the early evening. Our badgerwatch evenings run between May and August. It’s a real treat to observe the private life of such an elusive mammal at such close quarters; it’s especially entertaining to see the juveniles wrestle in the open spaces.

Hundred acre medieval deer park

The estate holds a hundred acre medieval deer park. Roamed by a herd of over 100 Fallow Deer, you’ll witness the eerie, echoed bellows of the fallow bucks throughout the estate, as they lead up to the rutting season in October.

You'll see the Corvidae (Crow family) helping with the grooming process by picking the moulting velvety skin from the beasts’ enormous antlers as we approach the rutting season.

The birds display the same behaviour with our White Park Cattle; picking off the loose hair as this pre-historic looking animal sheds its winter coat. This ancient and rare breed holds a lot of historical and genetic relevance to the property.

Other folk law linked to the White Park Cattle is the legend of the Lady of the Lake and the famous Physicians of Myddfai.

Oldest trees in Britain

Dinefwr ancient woodland is home to some of the oldest trees in Britain. We have over 300 Oak Trees some that are over 400 years old, making them true veterans and providing vital ecosystems of diverse species. Even when the trees die or fall to the ground, we do not remove them. They stay where they fall to provide habitat for Dinefwr plant, wildlife and fungi species.

Bio-diversity is always at the forefront of our minds. We farm for conservation as appose to mass production and, with the introduction of our hay meadow practices, we are setting ourselves apart from other NT properties.

During the Spring/Summer months, the landscape displays a fiesta of colour and aroma. The wildflowers provide a feast for the eyes and the nose. Perhaps the most impressive being the carpet of bluebells in the springtime.