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

  • Smut at Pwll Waun Cynon The fungal smut Microbotryum saponariae infecting the anthers Graham WatkeysOk let’s talk smut shall we? It’s probably the only time I can genuinely write about smut without being severely edited (or blacklisted – the editor!). I wasn’t looking for smut in fact I didn’t even know I had seen any smut until I got back and looked at the pictures (I had to enlarge many of ...
  • Rhondda Hillsides Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries by Tom MarshallWe are embarking on an exciting new project in the Rhondda catchment alongside partners that include Natural Resources Wales, The South Wales Fire Service and the Rhondda Cynon Taff Local Authority. The aim is to use our knowledge and Habitat Management Toolkit developed during the Local Wildlife Sites project to identify opportunities for improved land ...
  • Rare Moth Found in Cadoxton Ponds Anania perlucidalis by Vaughn MatthewsRare moth species discovered at Dow Corning’s Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve For the past few years we have been managing the Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve, in Barry, Wales on behalf of Dow Corning. The nature reserve is important for an array of wildlife due to the number of different habitats present, from grassland and scrub to ...
  • Chasing the Butterfly of Coincidence Taf Fechan Bee Orchid by Graham WatkeysSometimes one thing leads to another and that other thing can be rather unexpected. I knew there were Small Heath butterflies on our reptile slope and as I was due to do a reptile survey anyway I thought I would try and get some photos. Small heaths are…. well…. small and ...
  • Bridgend Group Wildlife Wobble Tawny Owl Mike BrightIf you are free on Saturday the 15th of August why not join the Bridgend Group on their ‘Wildlife Wobble’? This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event for the group with the emphasis on socialising and making new friends (and catching up with old ones!). We will be meeting at ...
  • Parc Slip Pollinators P5160225Prep work for the new herb garden (plus some other plants) was completed on Friday by Tims Work Party, and then the planting was done on Saturday by the Watch Group . Everyone got stuck in and had great fun, the plants were planted where planned, with just a few exceptions as it was ...
  • Humphry Bogart Vs Japanese Knotweed After at Pwll Waun CynonJapanese Knotweed removal is often a long drawn out fight but one that is ultimately winnable. So a short history of Fallopia japonica: introduced to Britain by Victorian plant hunters the plant rapidly became a prize-winning, greatly desired and admired garden plant which every self-respecting horticulturalist had to have in their modern fashionable ...
  • The Taf Fechan method Sunny scrub clearanceIs meteorological consistency too much to ask for? I think vindictive atmospheric flip flopping between cold blustery, rain and baking hot sun every 5 minutes is not only unfair but positively mean! The prevailing weather conditions meant that a whole new scrub clearance procedure had to be developed to prevent complete and ...
  • Oak mooching deer truffle (Elaphomyces granulatus)There I was mooching under an Oak (as you do) when out of the corner of my eye I noticed what I thought was another Hazel nut (at Taf Fechan we are not short of Hazel nuts even under Oaks). Then I noticed the pattern on its surface so not a Hazel nut thinks I ...
  • Pwll Waun Cynon C.1820 One of the willing hay gatherers by Graham WatkeysYou don’t need a flux capacitor to time travel you just need a hay rake and a large field like this one at Pwll Waun Cynon. So a quick recap on meadow management: most meadow species need low nutrients and relatively poor soils to thrive and when these nutrients start to build up they quickly get ...
  • Fighting fire with fire Delicate burn at Y Gweira by G WatkeysThis week we teamed up with the South Wales Fire Service to carry out a controlled burn at Y Gweira Nature Reserve.  The reserve is part of the Llantrisant Common & Pastures Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a fantastic mosaic of marshy grassland, wet heath and raised bogs, which has been grazed by the Freemen of ...
  • Providing a home for otters at Coed y Bedw Nature Reserve Making an otter holt at Coed y Bedw - V MatthewsOtters are one of the UK’s largest carnivores and are an unusual example of an animal whose fortunes have dramatically improved over the last few decades. They have recovered following years of persecution and the effect of harmful chemicals entering the water system. Since the 1960s otters have bounced back so that now they can ...