April 15th, 2007. Inaugural Meeting at Pen-y-Fron Chapel (27 people) was preceded by a woodland walk.
Nov 2007 – AGM & Talk: The Caves and Mining History of the Alyn Valley by Peter Appleton of North Wales Caving Club. Attended by 30 members.
Feb 2008 - Dormouse Talk by Rhian Hughes, North Wales Wildllife Trust (22 people)
Aug 2008 Pantymwyn Show - Spot the Helleborine Quiz and displays. - 5 new members enrolled.
Dec 4th 2008 AGM and Talk: Nine Bat species in the Alyn Valley by Karl Martin, Reserves Ranger from North East Wales Wildlife.
Thursday 18th December : Carol Singing & Christmas Social Carol Singing : 6.30pm,The Crown Inn, Pantymwyn Christmas Social : 8pm, Pen-y-Fron Road, Pantymwyn
March 5th, 2009 Thursday 7.30pm Pantymwyn Village Hall
LOCAL BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR CONSERVATION
Jan Miller, North Wales Branch of Butterfly Conservation
November, 2009. FOAVW put up display boards detailing some of the wildlife to be found in the area at ‘Memories Day’ arranged by Gwernaffield and Pantymwyn Community Council the previous Saturday at Gwernaffield Church Hall as part of the Landscape Heritage Project. (Carole Philpot).
December 1st 2009 AGM held at Crown Inn, Pantymwyn (15 people attended)
Thursday 11th February, 2010 at 7.30pm at Mold Golf Club, Pantymwyn
An illustrated talk on the history of the Pantymwyn area
Brian Bennett (a popular topic, with 80 people attending)
b) OUTDOOR EVENTS
June 10th, 2007 Pantymwyn Bird Walk (Glenn Morris + 12 people). Birds included a family of treecreepers and a sparrowhawk.
Aug 3rd 2007 – Evening Badger Watch at Cilcain (Mick Brummage + 8 people). Brief views near the sett at dusk.
March 2008 - Caving trip in Alyn Valley with North Wales Caving Club (Gill Dobson + 7 brave people!)
April 2008 - Black Grouse Lek at Llandegla Forest RSPB hide (Gill Dobson + 8 people). A great success with excellent and prolonged views of this species, which also breeds closer to home at Moel Famau.
April 13th 2008 brought unlucky weather conditions for the Hares & Birds Walk to Nercwys Forest and Bryn Alyn ( Glenn Morris and 18 people). 23 spp included siskin, wheatear and meadow pipit, but a newborn lamb (below) was a major attraction.
May 4th 2008 - International Dawn Chorus Walk over Pantymwyn Pastures (Glenn Morris + 4 people). 4.45am-6.15am. The amazing intensity of hundreds of Blackbirds and Thrushes at dawn was complemented by five spring migrants, including lesser whitethroat and garden warbler.
May 8th 2008 Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve, guided walk led by Kylie Jones, North East Wales Wildlife. (9 people)
May 24th, 2008. Mammal Training Day at Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve (organised by North East Wales Wildlife). Wood mice and bank voles at close quarters.
May 31st 2008 Reptile Ramble at Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve (Mick Brummage). Slowworms were the star attraction, together with Dingy Skipper butterflies.
June 11th 2008 - Orchid Walk over Pantymwyn Pastures (Mick Brummage + 12 people).
May 3rd and 9th 2009 - International Dawn Chorus Walk over Pantymwyn Pastures (Glenn Morris + 5 people). 4.45am-6.15am. Windy and unsettled weather reduced the sound effect of Blackbirds and Thrushes, compared with 2008, and seemed to inhibit the robins and dunnocks, but lesser whitethroat was singing loudly, with blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler joining in occasionally. Although few people took part in the Walk, everyone from 2008 returned again in 2009 for a repeat performance.
June 9th 2009 - Orchid Walk, Pantymwyn Pastures (Mick Brummage + 8 people).
c) CONSERVATION AND SURVEY ACTIVITIES
April 2008 - Dormouse Nest Box Building at Loggerheads Country Park (14 people).
July and August 2008 - Himalayan Balsam pulling walks (6 people) - Green Flowered Helleborine survey - Butterfly survey
Sept 2008 - Dormouse Box installation with Brownies (12 brownies, 5 adults, 4 new members) Dormouse Nut Hunt (6 people)
Saturday 6th December : Give a Dormouse a Home this Christmas 11am, Pen-y-Fron Chapel
March 14th Saturday 10.30am-12.30 Building nestboxes for pied flycatchers. Pantymwyn
Twenty boxes were built by a team of 6 people, led by Richard Anning
April 4th Saturday 10.30am-12.30 Putting up nestboxes for pied flycatchers in local woods
Twenty boxes were erected, with landowner consent,in the northern (downstream) part of the woods.
July 4th Saturday 11.00am-15.00 Removal of Himalayan Balsam from the Alyn River Valley
Over 40 people took part in this event in the heavily-infested Devil's Gorge area of the valley. Weekday and evening events were held in other parts of the river. Why is this plant bad? Ask the Open University
• Sept 2009 - Dormouse Box Survey/Cleaning with Brownies followed by bat walk (14 brownies, 4 adults, 3 members)
Sunday 2nd May Dawn Chorus Bird Walk
The fields were alive with the sound of blackbirds and robins at first light (4.45am), but the highlight was a lesser whitethroat singing at its usual spot. Other songs were chiffchaff and willow warbler. A continuation of the walk down towards Devil's Gorge added house sparrow, coal tit, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, jay and sparrowhawk.
Thursday 12 May 7pm Bluebell Walk Pen y Fron Chapel
Friends of Alyn Valley Woods and members of Pen - y Fron Chapel met on Wednesday evening at the Chapel for a bluebell walk along the valley. Amongst the species of wildflowers that were spotted included ancient woodland indicator species Wood Anemone and Goldilocks Other species seen: native english Blue bells as well as the non native spanish variety, Wild Garlic, Butterbur, Greater Celandine, Lesser celandine, Dog Violets, Purple Vetch, Sweet Cicely, Periwinkle, Dog Mercury, Stichwort, Toothwort, White Dead Nettle and Yellow Arch Angels
Friends of Alyn Valley Woods Himalayan Balsam Campaign 2010
Himalayan Balsam is once again taking a hold along the length of the River Alyn from Loggerheads to Rhydymwyn and we need your help to eradicate it before it sets seed.
Wed 7th July, 7 to 9pm meeting at Pont Newydd
August 11th 2010 at Pen y Fron Chapel An evening walk discovering something about the history ‘neath our feet that has shaped the Alyn Valley Woods and also a chance to see some of the rare wild flowers that grow in the area.
August 21st Pantymwyn Show Come and meet us at the Friends of Alyn Valley Woods Stand
September, 2010 Bats at Dusk meeting at Pen y Fron Chapel A walk led by Karl Martin from North East Wales Wildlife. Date TBA.