Nature Reserves

We have over 80 nature reserves across the four counties we work within. More information is available from the links above. A South Gower Reserves leaflet is also available to download as we have a number of reserves close together in this area, further information about the individual reserves are available to download under Glamorgan.

Heather at Coed Simdde Lwyd by E Foot

Heather at Coed Simdde Lwyd b

Our part of Wales combines dramatic upland and coastal landscapes with gentler rolling hills, shaded woodlands and peaceful wetlands. Setting aside wild places to establish as nature reserves has always been an essential part of the Trust’s work, and we now manage just under 100 nature reserves showing examples of all the best landscapes as well as the occasional ruined castle and waterfall!

Not all of our reserves contain rarities but each one has something special about it. Some are large, some very small; some can cope with large numbers of visitors, while others are more fragile. The Trust’s policy is to encourage visitors to come and enjoy the marvellous heritage of wildlife on as many reserves as possible.

We create a vision and a work plan for each nature reserve. Each reserve is managed to create the best conditions for the most important habitats and species it supports, taking into account priorities set through Biodiversity Action Plans. We also consider the needs of visitors and relevant laws and regulations, aiming to provide a safe and natural environment for you to enjoy.

When visiting nature reserves, or any wild places, please respect the wildlife by leaving things undisturbed and observing the country code. We have a page of useful information when visiting the countryside. If you are thinking of taking your dog along with you, please read and conform to our guidelines for dog walking on nature reserves. This will help us to keep the nature reserves a safe place for wildlife and people.

Please note that it is the Trust’s policy for admission to all of our public access sites to be free of charge although occasionally we ask for donations for car parking. We have tried to provide public transport information for all the sites, but for further information we recommend you contact Traveline Cymru on 0870 608 2 608 or visit their website at www.traveline-cymru.org.uk