East Glamorgan, Cardiff and the Valleys

Coed y Bwl wild daffodil woods, near St. Brides Major, Glamorgan by Richard Marks

Coed y Bwl wild daffodil woods, near St. Brides Major by Richard Marks

We manage 11 nature reserves in east Glamorgan, Cardiff and the Valleys, including the beautiful reserve of Parc Slip, with its great cafe and easy to access areas as well as its hidden corners, which was once a coal mine. It has some fantastic historical features such as the Fountain, a memorial to a terrible mining disaster and we are working with a local heritage society tell more people about this aspect.

Taf Fechan Nature Reserve, near Merthyr Tydfil, is a magical and stunning nature reserve with its lime stone cliffs, wild river and verdant fern filled valleys.

Coed y Bwl in the gentle Vale of Glamorgan is a wild daffodil wood on a steep slope this gem of a reserve is well worth visiting in March when the whole floor is carpeted in yellow of Tenby and Welsh daffodils and studded with the white of wood anemones.

Latest East Glamorgan News

  • M4 Relief Road- make your voice heard Magor Marsh, Gwent Levels (Gwent Wildlife Trust)On 16th July 2014, the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, announced that the Welsh Government has adopted a plan for a new three lane motorway between Magor and Castleton. The route will broadly follow the ‘black route’ proposed in the November 2013 consultation, passing through the Gwent Levels Living Landscape.... Read More ...
  • Snippets from Bridgend SnippetsExactly ten years after the last edition of our long running newsletter Snippets is back making a welcome return with a new format, change of  editor and an entry – with usual flair – into the digital world of information technology.... Read More » Looking back at almost a decade of the old Snippets publication pioneered, run and edited by the ...
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  • Alder Tongue Taphrina betulina sample by Mike BrightRudi and I recently went for a wander around Parc Slip hoping to find signs of a little known fungi, Taphrina which is a genus of parasitic Ascomycota that cause intriguing galls in their host plants. Witches Broom (Taphrina betulina) is the largest and most familiar species inducing dense twig-like formations on Birch’s which are the ...
  • Donated Opera Glasses Watch Out - Local school group try out new opera glassesThanks to The London Opera Glass Company we have had 30 pairs of opera glasses donated to the Trust for children to use.... Read More » These glasses are great as it means the children can use them without the fuss of having to focus anything, they will be used regularly for bird and nature watching ...
  • Unknown Wales 2014 UW_2014 flyer En_p1Our popular Unknown Wales conference is coming around again. On Saturday 11th October you have the opportunity to be treated to a range of interesting talks from bank voles to diatoms, and this year the TV producer, presenter and author Stephen Moss will also be joining us.... Read More » The talks provide a taste of the ...
  • A good week for rare moths at Parc Slip Lunar Hornet by V MatthewsThe second week in July has been a particularly good one for finding rare moths at Parc Slip.... Read More » As usual we have run the weekly moth trap which produced decent results with 71 species of moths caught including a fairly uncommon Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula). However, it was not this species that caused ...