There will be an open day at Tycanol National Nature Reserve tomorrow, Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.

Tycanol is one of seven National Nature Reserves in the National Park and the open days will reveal what lives there, how the woodland is managed and how the timber is used.

Local businesses will be demonstrating how traditional woodland products are made, and visitors will have a chance to try out some of the techniques themselves.

There will also be guided walks explaining the history of the woodland management and revealing some of the 400 species of lichen for which the site is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Paul Culyer, Natural Resources Wales’ Senior Reserve Manager, said: “Tycanol has been managed by people for centuries for timber, wood fuel and to graze animals.

“Our open days are a chance to find out how our woodland management work today benefits a sustainable local timber industry as well as Tycanol’s wildlife.

“The woodland was much more open in the past. Today, when we fell trees here and open up the canopy in places, it lets in light which favours the lichens. But we can also use the felled timber to make fencing stakes and other products, helping local businesses continue the wood fuel and timber trade. Importantly, we are also maintaining part of our natural heritage.”

The open days are free and run from 10.30am to 5pm. There is no need to book and parking is available at Tycanol Farm, Brynberian.