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

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