In the tranquil surroundings of the
Bridgend's Garw Valley, lies
the beautiful Bryngarw Country Park.
113 acres stunning parkland to explore, including native
woodlands, formal gardens and secluded glades.
And lurking amongst the flora and fauna are the Ancient Keepers of
Bryngarw - four mythical guardians of the park's woodlands,
meadows, gardens and river. Awaken the keepers with your
special 'talisman' (available from the visitor centre) and hear the
stories, myths and legends of this mysterious area.
For more information on Bryngarw Park visit the website
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.