Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop Opening Times
Tuesday – Sunday from 10am until 4pm (closed over the Christmas period – please phone to confirm when) Telephone 01656 724100 E-mail: Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
The 300 acre Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve with its Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre has something for everyone.
A variety of different habitat types supporting many different species for wildlife enthusiast, a safe area for families to discover and enjoy nature, well -maintained traffic-free cycle tracks, including a 4km stretch of Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 for cyclists and over 10km of tracks for dog walking, with water and free dog waste bags available at in the car park and at the Visitor Centre.
There are accessible paths on the Nature Reserve for wheelchairs, walking sticks and for those with sight problems. The Centre and Coffee Shop are fully accessible.
We have a number of wildlife events and activities taking place from the centre, including weekly Reptile Rambles. Visit the website pages for the full events list.
The Coffee Shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm. Come and join us for a walk and follow it up with coffee and cake, watching the birds from the comfort of an armchair!
Our Coffee Shop is developing its range of food, come along and try some gorgeous homemade soups, there are many vegetarian and vegan options as well as more traditional meat options. And of course there is always cake.
If you are thinking of taking your dog along with you to a nature reserve, please read and conform to our guidelines for dog walking on nature reserves. This will help us to keep the nature reserves a safe place for wildlife and people.
The Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
- FREE car park
- FREE entry
- Coffee Shop serving sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks
- Male, female and accessible toilets
- Discovery Room with exhibitions, videos, nature table and more. This room is available for hire, please contact us for details on 01656 724100
- An events programme, with activities including wildlife surveys and guided walks, is running from the Visitor Centre.
- Friendly Parc Slip Ambassadors, who can answer any questions you have about the reserve.
From Junction 36 of the M4, at the roundabout take the exit onto the A4063 towards Maesteg. Go through two sets of traffic lights, then at the roundabout, take the second exit onto the B4281 (signposted Aberkenfig and Pyle), following the brown duck tourist sign for Parc Slip.
After approximately one mile, turn right at the Fountain Restaurant onto Fountain Road, still following the brown duck signs. Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre is on your left after approximately half a mile.
Please be aware that the satellite navigation systems may direct you onto New Road. The Visitor Centre is located on Fountain Road (signposted Fountain).
The nearest train station to Parc Slip Nature Reserve is Tondu. Leaving Tondu station, head down the road, past the Railway Club and join Bryn road, heading right.
At the cross roads, go right, under the bridge and past Lidl to the Methodist Church. Just past the church, on the left, take the pathway which leads into the woods.
Follow the path straight, going over a board walk, and past the picnic bench until you come out on Fountain Road, opposite the Wildlife Trust Visitor centre.
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Contact 01656 724100 or on weekends please ring 01656 726993
Parc Slip Visitor Centre,
Fountain Road, Tondu
Latest News from Parc Slip
- The Parc Slip Scrapes, 3 years on… It has been 3 years since the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales teamed up with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to create a new wetland habitat at Parc Slip Nature Reserve. In this exciting project we transformed over 3ha of improved agricultural field into a series of freshwater scrapes, to provide habitat for many species ...
- Parc Slip Receives Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is extremely proud to announce that Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, ...
- 2015 Photography Competition Winners Announced The winning entries in our 2015 amateur photography competition have been revealed. The theme this year was the ‘Wild Side of Wales’ and we received a multitude of wonderful images from all over the country. The full selection can be viewed on the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales Facebook page. The entries were split ...
- Small Blue butterfly makes a comeback at Parc Slip The small blue butterfly (Cupido minimus) is the UK’s smallest butterfly, with a wingspan of only 16-27mm. It’s a beautiful little butterfly, recognised by the dark blue on the upper surface of its wings and dark spots on the silver-blue underwing. It flies from mid-May to August and lays its eggs on the caterpillar food ...
- Birding Challenge of Parc Slip Nature Reserve This year I decided to do a Patchwork year list, joining a few of my birding friends in signing up for the challenge. Whilst my friends all chose coastal areas to maximise numbers, I decided on Parc Slip due to it’s close proximity to my home in Maesteg and the lure of the new wader scrapes ...
- Elevated Hide Fund Silent Auction We 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 We have received a very kind contribution from local artist and ...