Afon Tarell - Jewel of the Brecon Beacons

23rd July 2013
The first couple of miles of the Afon Tarell are through open moorland running over the red sandstone of the Brecon Beacons, however, as it descends into the Tarell valley the rock strata changes to limestone. It is from here that this beautiful and charismatic river becomes more secretive and inaccessible, racing through dense deciduous woodlands of Beech, Ash, Oak and Willow.
As it makes its way through this woodland the Afon Tarell bubbles over stretches of rocky, shallow riverbed where Dippers and Grey Wagtails can frequently be encountered. It also cascades over numerous small waterfalls and through deep clear pools where Brown Trout exist in numbers and the enigmatic Lamprey can be found. At certain places and in the right light there are shady areas that are reminiscent of a fairy glen, within which the lucky observer can sometimes see the electric blue flash of a Kingfisher as it darts from overhanging Willows into the river's crystal waters in search of small fish such as the European Bullhead.
Along its course the Afon Tarell is met by a tributary called Nant Cwm Llwch. This crystal clear mountain stream emerges from the glacial lake Llyn Cwm Llwch situated below Pen y fan, the highest point on the Brecon Beacons and is filtered by black peat before it enters the Afon Tarell.
The Afon Tarell, is designated as a special area of conservation for its three species of Lamprey, Twaite Shad, Atlantic Salmon and Otter
During this very hot, dry spell the water levels have been low and river life has been easier to observe. I have taken a few casual shots with my ipad.
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