East Glamorgan, Cardiff and the Valleys

We manage 11 nature reserves in east Glamorgan, Cardiff and the Valleys, including the beautiful reserve of Parc Slip 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.

Latest East Glamorgan News

Tim Jones Wildlife Trust Officer for East Glamorgan

Tim Jones Wildlife Trust Officer for East Glamorgan Photo by Sarah Kessell

Recent highlights 2011: In Coed y Bedw, near Cardiff, WTSWW has undertaken significant works on access over recent months, improving paths, bridges and stiles. This has partly been paid for by local residents and the Cardiff Local Group. 50 dormouse nest boxes have been erected to establish whether this species, known to be present locally, is using the reserve.

Another great success has been the production of the Coed y Bedw Nature Reserve film, made by director and cameraman Robin Davies-Rollinson.

To help monitor the woodland bird species at Taf Fechan, WTSWW has worked with partners to erect 50 nest boxes. It is hoped that some may be used by pied flycatcher – a species which is declining in Glamorgan.

Putting Up Nest Boxes in Taf Fechan

Putting Up Nest Boxes in Taf Fechan

In addition, Conservation Manager Rob Parry is working with partners to monitor the population of dipper that use the river. Dippers are being ringed and their movements across the catchment are now being monitored.

Future work: Many of the woodland reserves towards the east of WTSWW’s patch need considerable investment of time and resource to work towards the condition to which we aspire, for the benefit of wildlife and visitors.

We have already secured some funding from Better Woodlands for Wales for several sites, and are currently applying for extra resources to support our work at Coed y Bedw. At this site we need to raise £5,000 to match fund a grant application for £50,000 which will be spent enhancing wildlife value and securing better public access.

At other reserves, we are fundraising to support key works such as tackling invasive rhododendron at Coed Llwyn Rhyddid, improving the woodland’s physical and age structure at Coed Garnllwyd, and enhancing the woodland habitats for wildlife at Coed y Bedw.

  • New Education Officer Cath Lewis is our new Wildlife Education Officer, she started at the beginning of March, based between Dow Corning Cadoxton Ponds and Parc Slip, however she is not new to our organisation. Cath has volunteered with us for a number of years, both on our work parties in east Glamorgan and with our WATCH group ...
  • Elevated Hide Fund Silent Auction Golden Eagle with GrouseWe are still busy fundraising to cover the costs of the new elevated hide which overlooks the new wetland at Parc Slip. There has been a huge amount of support for the project so far and we are getting closer to our goal of £20,000... Read More » We have received a very kind contribution from ...
  • Local School Children Create Wicked Wildlife From Waste! Tilly's ButterflyThe Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales recently ran a competition for schools in South Wales to turn any school and household waste into wicked wildlife! Children were challenged to create animals using waste from around school or home, such as bumblebees from bottle tops or badgers from crisp packets.... Read More » We had a ...
  • Can you help fund our Elevated Bird Hide? Parc Slip Elevated Bird HideParc Slip Nature Reserve, situated in Tondu, Bridgend is WTSWW’s flagship nature reserve in south Wales and supports a wide variety of wildlife. The nature reserve supports over 1,000 different species of wildlife, from Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly and Great Crested Newt, to overwintering wildfowl and breeding Lapwing.... Read More » To increase the biodiversity of Parc ...
  • Fancy becoming one of voluntary wardens? Cliff Woodhead at Coed-y-BedwMany of our nature reserves are lucky enough to benefit from the input of a voluntary warden. Here at WTSWW we manage around ninety sites, and within that, a little over sixty voluntary wardenships. Whilst for some nature reserves a voluntary warden is not a realistic prospect- such as our offshore islands- our mainland reserves ...
  • Harp Recital Helps Build Elevated Bird Hide at Parc Slip Harp concert Liz Gordan (Mad Apple Designs)On Friday 28th February, we were privileged to be joined at Parc Slip by local music teachers Angharad Edwards and Thomas Morgan and their students for an evening of music in aid of the Wildlife Trust.... Read More » Attendees were treated to a wonderful array of harp and piano music, from Bach and Purcell to ...
  • Parc Slip’s New Elevated Bird Hide Lapwing Ian RoseParc Slip Nature Reserve, situated in Tondu, Bridgend is WTSWW’s flagship nature reserve in South Wales and supports a wide variety of wildlife. The nature reserve supports over 1,000 different species of wildlife, from scarce blue-tailed damselfly and great crested newt, to overwintering wildfowl and breeding lapwing. ... Read More » To increase the biodiversity of Parc ...