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The Mid Glamorgan Countryside

Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda
Discover the countryside of Mid Glamorgan on your doorstep or on holiday

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Nature Reserves - Bridgend Council
Details of the Nature Reserves in the Bridgend borough.

Bridgend Local Group - Wildlife Trust
We are an active and friendly group with a full programme of activities throughout the year...

Merthyr Tydfil Naturalists' Society
Together we learn about all aspects of the natural world...

Outdoor Adventures - Merthyr Tydfil
With pages on the natural beauty and things to do outdoors in the area.

Countryside & parks - Caerphilly
Lots of information also including wildlife at the Caerphilly Council web site.

Parks - Visit Rhondda Cynon Taf
Parks and Country Parks at Visit Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Walking Trails in Rhondda Cynon Taf
View all of the walks on offer, from short strolls to epic climbs...

Bridgend Ramblers
Visit to see their full list of walks or join the local group.

Merthyr Valley Ramblers
Helps promote walk routes, campaigns and organises guided walks.

Discover Natural Reserves - Merthyr
Find Nature Reserves in Merthyr Tydfil at Visit Merthyr...

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Gateway to one of Britains Breathing Spaces...

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Latest News

  • We Need Your Support Now More Than Ever!

    This is clearly an unprecedented time for us as a Wildlife Trust and we need your support now more than ever.  Our Visitor Centres and islands of Skomer and Skokholm provide much of the income

  • Skomer Island voted Best Nature Reserve in BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards!

    We are delighted to announce that our wonderful Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire has been awarded the Best Nature Reserve in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards! These annual awards are now in their eighth year and recognises

  • New faces on Skomer Island!

    April marks the beginning of a new season on Skomer and Skokholm Island, ordinarily Lockley Lodge will be full of eager wildlife enthusiasts queuing for their boat tickets. Unfortunately, this is not the case currently

  • Remembering Denys Smith

    Words by Mat Ridley, Chair of East Carmarthenshire Local Group Denys Smith, who has died aged 97, will be fondly remembered by many in in the Wildlife Trust movement in Wales. Denys was a key

  • Planting the Future

    The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Education and People & Wildlife Officers, along with Gwent Wildlife Trust have been helping Cardiff University’s Project Phoenix, schools’ tree-planting initiative in Wales. The tree-planting programme is

  • Flying High for our Red Squirrels

    The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) would like to extend an absolutely massive thank you to volunteer fundraiser Michael Cunningham who undertook a skydive to raise funds for our conservation work with

  • An update from Brecknock

    Introducing our reserves to Crickhowell Walking Festival-goers Pauline, People & Wildlife Officer for Brecknock and volunteer Ruth lead a walk for Crickhowell Walking Festival which included an ancient well, a fort, two of our nature

  • Please support us…

    We have taken the difficult decision to close the visitor facilities at Bryngarw until further notice, to play our part in tackling the spread of coronavirus. Bryngarw is managed by Awen Cultural Trust, a registered charity. It costs us over £120,000 every year to protect and improve the park now and for future generations. Most

  • Bryngarw Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closure

    The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors must be our top priority so we are taking this measure to reduce the numbers who travel to Bryngarw. The park is still accessible to the local community arriving by foot, but we would urge everyone to observe the government’s social distancing guidance. Going for

  • Bryngarw Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

    In fact, individuals are encouraged to take some physical exercise, which could include a walk in the park, at a safe distance from others and if they are well enough to do so. We are however rearranging this weekend’s Birdsong Walk. We are working hard to protect the spread of COVID-19 amongst our staff and

  • Ash Dieback at South Lodge Woods

    You might be aware that we have been developing a strategy for dealing with issues arising from Ash Die Back disease. Ash die back is a tree disease that targets and kills off ash trees.

  • Do the little things for wildlife this St David’s Day

    On 1st March, schools and communities up and down the length and breadth of Wales celebrate St David’s Day. Children will wear traditional Welsh dresses and pin leaks and daffodils to their lapels. St David’s

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