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

  • My Wild Garden in Bute Park bumblebeeWe are really excited to announce that this year we will be building a pop-up Wildlife Garden in Bute Park, Cardiff, to showcase the features of a wildlife garden and help people learn how they can create them in their own gardens. The garden will be open to the public from Monday 7th August to Sunday ...
  • Bee Friendly in your Garden As part of the My Wild Cardiff project, funded with the generous support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are helping neighbourhoods around Cardiff welcome their wildlife neighbours into their gardens. The neighbourhood around Pontcanna and Canton is surrounded by green spaces and parks, so anything that people can do in their gardens to ...
  • Heath Park is a Neighbourhood for Newts As part of the My Wild Cardiff project, we have been working with the neighbourhood around Heath Park to help the residents in the area learn more about newts and how they can help them in their own gardens. Back in April, we started by doing a leaflet drop to houses in the area, which contained ...
  • A Recap of 2016 We are thrilled with what we achieved in 2016 and thought we should share a few of the highlights with you, so here they are… Water Voles: We have continued to monitor the water voles since their reintroduction in 2014 and it’s good news! They are doing well and making good use of the extensive networks of ...
  • We’ve Got a Nature Reserve For You For the waterfall seekers For the birders and twitchers For the reptile ramblers For the tree huggers and flower sniffers For the photo snappers For the get up and goers For #WildlifeAdventurers everywhere … #FindYourEpic with us! The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is delighted to launch the 1st of 4 promotional videos funded by the Visit Wales P4G programme. ...
  • Weevil engineering Imagine you’re a small black Weevil in a big world.  How do you protect your precious eggs and larvae from all the things that would want to eat them? Some insects solve this problem by laying hundreds of eggs in the hope that some will survive by sheer chance and some have gone into heavy engineering.  ...
  • Woodland Management in the Vale of Glamorgan Coed Garnllwyd wood anemonesHabitat Piles and Spring Flowers Coed Garnllwyd in the Vale of Glamorgan is a 13ha nature reserve consisting of ancient broadleaved woodland and a meadow, situated less than 1km northeast of Llancarfan. It is underlain with limestone and contains species typical of calcareous woods such as Herb Paris and Early Purple Orchids as well as Bluebells, ...
  • Bridgend Snippets – Issue 4 Bridgend Snippets front coverHot off the press from our local Bridgend group; the slightly irreverent, always funny and  informative Bridgend Snippets Issue 4. From fungi to daffodils and even a bit of James Bond – there’s always something new and interesting in this local group’s newsletter. You can read on screen below by scrolling down the right hand side or you can ...
  • Some spring observations Early flowering Toothwort Taf Fechan by Graham WatkeysIt’s an odd year (you can say that again – the editor). The winter has been warm and wet there is no arguing with that, so warm in fact that many species are struggling to tell when in the year they are. Some species are very early, the Toothwort at ...
  • Nest boxes at Llyn Fach Some of the nest boxes installed at Llyn Fach - Graham WatkeysThe Biffa Award funded Llyn Fach home building scheme gets underway. We now offer a number of well-designed residences to meet every requirement however specialised. We know the right location is important, so great consideration has been taken to provide the right aspect for the modern avian family. We have also provided affordable over-day ...
  • More Moss Grey cushioned Grimmia (Grimmia pulvinata) by Graham WatkeysThis is Grimmia pulvinata; now with the tendency for the existence of hidden and, to my mind unnecessarily Delphic, cryptic species (two examples of a species look exactly identical in every way but are different), or various degrees of variability within a single species (two examples of a species look different but are exactly the ...
  • Meadow creation at Pwll Waun Cynon Mowing Pwll Waun Cynon (photo by Chris Lawrence)Eight people (and an imaginary dog, a Lurcher as it happens) went to mow, and after a day removing dense and encroaching bramble and scrub from one half of Pwll Waun Cynon, the general reaction was “Good lord it’s a field!!!” (or language to that effect). Actually thanks to a Biffa Award grant it’s now a ...