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

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  • The Rare Beasts of Taf Fechan Nemophora cupriacella a new record for Breconshire by Graham WatkeysAnimals (and plants for that matter) don’t know (or particularly care) where they are “supposed” to be. They don’t read species lists or look at old maps they just live where they are able to live and everything has to live somewhere (this highlights somewhat the importance of habitat diversity and conservation but that’s another ...
  • Successful Moth Trap Event at Coed y Bedw Clay Triple Lines at Coed-y-Bedw by George TordoffA public moth trapping event was held at WTSWW’s Coed y Bedw nature reserve on July 19th.... Read More » Located only 3km North of Cardiff, Coed y Bedw is an ancient broadleaved woodland of over 16 hectares, spread across both acidic and calcareous soils. It consists of various woodland types ranging from dry beech woodland ...
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  • 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 ...
  • The Good, The Bad and The Slimy Dog Vomit Slime Mould by Mike Bright (600px)Something sinister is lurking in the undergrowth at our Coed Y Bwl reserve in the Vale of Glamorgan.... Read More » Oozing along the woodland floor are a range of Myxomycetes commonly refered to as Slime Moulds. Not plant, not animal, not fungi. They are capable of locomotion and finding thier way through a maze!... Read ...
  • 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 ...