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

  • Taf Fechan – a Tropical Paradise? Black bryony berries by Graham WatkeysI always knew Taf Fechan was a tropical paradise in disguise. Not only do we have Coral reefs and blue lagoons we now have Yams!... Read More » Black Bryony is our only native species from the tropical Yam family and is a common sight in autumnal hedgerows where its swags of shiny red berries stand ...
  • Young Apprentices Help Wildlife in Barry Apprentices at Dow CorningYoung apprentices in Barry are busy protecting wildlife as part of a campaign supported by The Co-operative.... Read More » Welsh Wildlife Heroes is a national campaign run by Wildlife Trusts Wales and funded entirely by the money collected from the single-use carrier bag charge in The Co-operative food stores and pharmacies in Wales.... Read More ...
  • Mystery “G” The Unknown Mr G - is not our GrahamAs a volunteer warden who wanders around his reserve on a regular basis generally rootling, nosing and furtling about you would think you would know it pretty well, however some things just pop up that are entirely unexpected and engender the response “Why on earth didn’t I see that before?” and this time it’s nothing ...
  • A morning in the life of a volunteer warden Eristalis pertinax – one hoverfly that did co-operate20mins watching a large four spotted orb weaver make a web,... Read More » half an hour stalking hoverflies,... Read More » 10 mins being harassed by a southern hawker repeatedly trying to land on my head (this actually happened),... Read More » 5 mins chasing a moth, 10 mins cursing at said moth,... Read More » 15mins further ...
  • The Taf Fechan fabulous fungi furtle The Fly Agaric – the most recognisable Toadstool of them all.Now is a great time for fungi and visit from the Glamorgan Fungus Group to Taf Fechan Nature Reserve showed us just how many different fungi there are out there.... Read More » The discoveries started early with a patch of Sulphur Tuft growing on the wooden steps down into the reserve, this opened the floodgates ...
  • Rare Bumblebees found at Dow Corning’s Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve Shrill carder bee by Bumblebee Conservation TrustFor the past few years the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) has been managing Dow Corning’s Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve for in Barry. As part of the management, WTSWW has been carrying out a range of species surveys including birds, butterflies, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. These surveys have produced an already ...
  • 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 ...