Monday, July 1, 2013

Aaron`s Army Firing Day @ Llanslin

Saturday the 29th June 2013 was Armed Forces Day. Aaron is very much a young soldier he loves the life of an Army Soldier and we have talked about him entering the military when he leaves school in the coming years. It is not an easy decision for him to make but its one he must make himself. Without judgement form those around him. Whatever Aaron does in the future he will do well. Whether  his destiny is to be an army soldier or a police officer we will have to see. Whatever he  decides he sure looks good in an uniform. I am told he is a real lady killer.
Saturday saw Aaron once again polishing his boot and ironing his uniform ( yes he irons himself girls ) he is a very house trained young man. Looking the part off we went to drop him off at the army rifle range in Llanslin. He had a lovely time and really enjoyed it. It was extra special as it was armed forces day. Mid afternoon he was home to join my our little mid afternoon tea part for the Nana`s. 
Aaron is an excellent shot with a gun he can blow a can off the fence form the bottom of the field when it perched on a post at the top. He also practices at the army cadet station in Llanfyllin. Aaron is in all excellent at shooting targets moving or not. 

Information about Llansilin Range.
Llansilin Rifle Range is located approximately one mile NE of the village of Llansilin. The range lies on the Oswestry to Llansilin Road (B4580) road mid way between the hamlet of Rhydrcroseau and Llansilin village at Grid reference 224/295.
Llansilin Rifle Range is a 400 yard 14 Lane Gallery Range; it has a hill background with a Range Danger Area that extends over the crest of the Coed Cochion hill which forms the back stop for the range. The River Cynlaith flows between the 100m firing point and the range stopbutt, the river marks the border between England and Wales.

Conservation and Environment

On top of the Coed Cochion Hill there is a lake known as the Llyn Rhuddwyn. It is heavily used by migrant wildfowl and other birdlife because of its isolated and protected location. There are a number of deciduous trees of great age and size including Ash and Beech which were historically coppiced. There is also an Iron Age settlement and quarry located to the rear of the hill, and a number of interesting buildings which lie in the forest that forms the range danger area, including a 19th century shooting lodge with castellated ramparts.
The forest that lies within the Range Danger Area teems with both animal and bird life. There is a small number of Red Deer and most of the other native mammal species can also be found here. Bird life is prolific and includes raptors such as the Common Buzzard, and Red Kite can often be seen over the Coed Cochion.

Access and Recreation

There is one public footpath that crosses the RDA, it is prohibited from use when the range is live, at which time the access gates are locked, signs erected and danger flags flown.

Contact Information

For further information, contact Nesscliff Training Camp on 01743 741607 (Mon – Fri only).

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