Wildlife and conservation

 
North Wales Golf Course is situated at the West Shore of Llandudno, with the Great Orme to the north and the Conwy mountains to the south. The course contains a variety of habitats and serves as an important reserve for many grasses, flowers, fungi, insects and mammals. We maintain areas of biodiversity in the areas of rough, this provides enjoyment for golfers and importantly conserves this area for subsequent generations.

Grasses

The predominant grass on the fairways is Perennial Ryegrass and the rough contains Brown Top, Rough-stalked Meadow-grass, Yorkshire Fog, Timothy, Cocksfoot, Crested Dogs-Tail, Sweet Vernal-grass and Quaking grass. Marram Grass is extremely important in the dunes and slack areas because the roots prevent the sand from blowing. There are also a variety of sedges, particulary in the wet areas.

 
Parasol MushroomMushrooms and Fungi

The course has a wide variety of fungi including the tasty Parasol Mushroom, Shaggy Parasol and the Common Earthball.

Flowers

Violets and cowslips thrive in some areas and the Star-of-Bethlehem can also be found in the spring. The ditches contain a mixture of Water-Cress, Water Forget-me-not, Common Water-Crowfoot, Water Mint and rare Water-violets.

The fairways abound in the small purple flowers of Common Storks-bill and Doves-foot Cranes-bill, whilst the related Bloody Cranes-Bill brightens up the rough. Rare plants and garden escapes are While Melitot, Common Centaury, Yellow-word and the Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea.

More familiar to the observant golfer is the Duke of Argyll's teaplant along the 10th,11th and 12th tees and Burnet Rose which can be found everywhere.

Scattered about the course are Birds-foot Trefoil, Tufted Vetch, Lady's Bedstraw, Spear Thistle, Mallow, Wild Carrot, Restharrow, Thyme, Harebell, Fennel, Knapweed, Biting Stonecrop, Ribwort Plantain, Bugloss and Purple Loosestrife.

Birds

Skylarks are abundant on the course, particulary on 5th and 6th fairways, and can be distinguished from Meadow Pipits by their crest. The Meadow Pipit descends as if from a parachute. The Stonechat is plumper, darker and more upright that the Whinchat. The Pied Wagtail, Blue Tit and Great Tit can aslo be seen.

Jackdaws and magpies are plentiful, whereas the Kestral is rarely seen. The Conwy estuary plays host to a weath of birds: some such as Oyster Catchers, Mallards, Shelducks, Kingfishers and Herons come inland.

The commonest gulls are the Black-headed Gulls which look different in summer and winter respectively, and the Black-backed Gulls. The course is visited by Canada and Greylag Geese with the occasional Mute Swan flying overhead.
 
 
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