About this view
Tycanol is a 170-acre woodland site in North Pembrokeshire which is of huge importance to scientists and an inspiration to artists and visitors.
The site is owned by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is managed in partnership with Natural Resources Wales. It is one of six Welsh wood pasture sites of international importance, due to its rich and diverse lichens.
A designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserve (NNR) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Tycanol is home to more than 400 species of lichens.
In total the National Park Authority owns 250 hectares of woodland which is managed by its woodland team.
The Authority’s Cilrhedyn Woodland Centre, situated in the Gwaun Valley is adding value to the timber that’s harvested as part of the positive management of these woodlands, creating sustainable products including the footpath signs, benches and gateways you see dotted along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Pentre Ifan Wood – Short Walk
As lichens thrive in open, light, moist clean air conditions, appropriate management of the Tycanol site is extremely important as a dense tree canopy favours mosses, not the lichens for which the site is designated SSSI, NNR and SAC.
Woodland management only returned to the site in 2012 after a long period of inactivity. Before this, the last major cutting took place in the First World War, when woodlands were felled to help the war effort.
The reserve is also home to a diverse range of other wildlife such as dormice, polecats, a variety of insects and birds such as buzzards and redstart.
How to get there
Access on foot via a network of public and permissive paths and a bridleway from Pentre Ifan entrance and Tycanol farm entrance track.
There is parking at the National Park Authority’s Sychpant Car Park at the beginning of the track to Pentre Ifan farm.
Travelling from Newport on the A487, turn right at the Nevern crossroads and take the minor road to Sychpant Cross.
There is no public transport directly to the Tycanol reserve.
For up to date travel information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 2002233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.info.