Warm and cosy
Ruabon moor was famous as the grouse-shooting capital of north Wales. The hunting has now stopped and it has become a cracking wildlife destination. The history of shooting has left its mark on the landscape in the form of grouse butts - open hides where hunters used to sit and wait for grouse to pass overhead. The butts have their own special microclimate, totally different to anything else on the moor - it is much warmer inside them. If you approach the butt very quietly you might just find a common lizard. They hibernate in the recesses in the walls and emerge in spring to warm themselves on the stones, so they are easy to spot.