Parc Slip Nature Reserve itself is an area of 300 acres containing a fantastic mix of habitats such as grassland, woodland and wetlands, restored from its previous status as an opencast coal mine.
No matter what your interests are, there is something on the reserve for you. Read on to find out more.
We have been lucky to work with local film maker Robin Davies-Rollison on this film about Parc Slip to give you a flavour of the reserve and its history.
For Wildlife Enthusiasts
During the summer, the fields near to the Visitor Centre are ablaze with colour as oxeye daisy, ragged robin, orchids, fleabane, red bartsia and numerous other beautiful wildflowers come into bloom.
Open water ponds, the wader scrape and wetlands provide habitat for many species of water bird, including teal, lapwing and water rail. There are a number of open access hides and viewing areas throughout the reserve, overlooking the wetland areas and ponds and the lapwing breeding area.
Deciduous and coniferous woodland provide home to green woodpecker and jay, tawny owls, foxes and wood mice. Please see the Wildlife page for more details on the species that can be found on the reserve.
After you’ve taken in the wildlife out on the reserve, report your sightings to our friendly staff in the Visitor Centre and relax with a cup of tea in the Coffee Shop overlooking the dipping ponds and wildflower meadows. Wildlife watching from the comfort of an armchair!
A 4km stretch of the Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 and Celtic Trail East passes through Parc Slip Nature Reserve. This stretch of track is well-maintained, traffic free and tranquil, passing through grassland and woodland. Cyclists are also welcome at the Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, where a bike rack, toilets and refreshments are available. Stop off and say hello on your way from London to Fishguard!
For Dog Walkers
Dogs are permitted on the reserve. Over 10km of footpaths are available for dog walking, with litter bins along the routes for disposing of doggy bags. Car parking is available adjacent to the Visitor Centre. There are areas available for securing dogs on leads outside the Visitor Centre, with water bowls available at this location. Pick up your free doggy bags from the Visitor Centre. If you are thinking of bringing your dog along with you to Parc Slip, please read and conform to our guidelines for dog walking on nature reserves. This will help us to keep the nature reserve a safe place for wildlife and people.
The Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre both provide a safe area for families to discover and enjoy nature. Activities such as pond dipping, bug hunting and making bird boxes are run regularly from the centre through Wildlife Watch. Please see our events pages for more details of the activities running for families coming up soon.
Additionally, the refreshments available in the Coffee Shop are reasonably priced so that you can enjoy a fun, affordable day out. Pop into the Centre and ask one of our friendly members of staff for ideas for nature themed activities to do with children on the reserve or even rent an Explorer Backpack from the centre, packed with fun things to do out on the reserve.
For People With Disabilities
The site has a number of easy access routes which can be approached via wheelchair, there are a number of other routes which are accessible for people with a sight problems or who require walking sticks etc. The cafe and centre are both fully accessible, with lift to the upstairs conference room, which also has a hearing loop.