The local communities of Clyne and Melincourt in the Neath Valley have had a welcome addition to the area in the form of new specially designed artistic interpretation panels to show off the Melincourt Falls Nature Reserve.
The nature reserve, which is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) is home to a one of Wales’ most spectacular waterfalls. Nestled in an idyllic oak woodland river valley, the nature reserve is rich in wildlife, from iconic woodland birds such as the Pied Flycatcher, to rare ferns, surviving only because of the warm moist air created by the falls themselves.
This little known South Wales beauty spot is at the heart of the local community and has inspired generation after generation of visitors including the artist J.M.W Turner, who painted the falls in 1794.
The new panel, which now adorns the local community hall at the entrance of the nature reserve, was funded by Neath Port Talbot Council, through their Natural Resources Wales Partnership Grant, as part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to biodiversity.
Rob Parry, Conservation Manager for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said “The nature reserve is a special place for people and wildlife and thanks to all the support from the local community we now have the interpretation that the area deserves. Hopefully, the extra attention the new panels will attract, will encourage more people to start enjoying the nature reserve and getting actively involved in nature conservation”.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr. Ali Thomas said, ‘This project has been an ideal example of how we can work in partnership to improve community resources, providing benefit to our local residents and visitors to the area. The residents of Clyne and Melincourt are to be highly commended for all their hard work and research they have carried out to produce such a wonderful asset for local residents and visitors alike’.
The Wildlife Trust always welcomes new visitors and volunteers on its nature reserves- anyone interested in learning more about this reserve or others in Neath Port Talbot please contact Paul Thornton on: firstname.lastname@example.org