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Kenfig National Nature ReserveThe Kenfig National Nature Reserve near Porthcawl was this week named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the best urban wildlife sites in Britain and it's easy to see why:

Set in a beautiful area, with spectacular views from Sker beach across Swansea Bay to the Gower, Kenfig is one of the finest wildlife habitats in Wales and one of the last remnants of a huge sand dune system that once stretched along the coast of Southern Wales.  The reserve is home to rare wild orchids, as well as insects and wildlife.  Kenfig is one of the most important sites in Britain for nature conservation.

Whilst the reserve is a haven for wildlife it also has a secret lurking beneath the sands.  Buried on the site is the Medieval Borough of Kenfig, rich in Roman and medieval history, its treasures now buried by the ever changing and drifting dunes.

Medieval Kenfig was a town of some importance as by charter it could levy its own taxes and make its own by-laws. The town had a High Street, a Guildhall and even had a hospital.  Also buried beneath the sands (although the tops of its towers can still be seen poking out) is the 12th century Kenfig Castle.

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