Frog Pond Wood is a hidden gem. It’s a great place for a short walk with the family and you’ll feel as though you’re in the heart of the Welsh countryside, even though the woodland backs on to an industrial estate! It is mainly mixed oak/ash woodland but also has a pond and some wetland areas.Learn More
Tremains Wood is a lowland mixed broadleaved woodland situated in the middle of the Brackla housing development. Enjoy an accessible rural haven that shelters you from the hustle and bustle of our modern lives. Tremains Wood is family-friendly and it’s a perfect place for children to explore the meandering pathways leading through the woodland.Learn More
Stretching over 3.2 hectares, Craig-y-parcau is an area of woodland situated along a steep slope of the Ogmore River. The top path through the woods forms part of the River Ogmore and Merthyr Mawr Circular Walk.Learn More
Stretching over 30 hectares, Locks Common begins at the end-point of the original Porthcawl promenade. The varied infrastructure of this reserve supports a huge variety of birds, butterflies and wildflowers. The rugged, though reasonably flat area stretches through to Rest Bay beach on the west.Learn More
Kenfig Nature Reserve is one of the UK’s most important wildlife conservation sites and it’s a great place for walkers, birdwatchers, photographers and families to explore. A remnant of a huge undulating sand dune system that once stretched from the Ogmore estuary to the Gower Peninsular, the reserve supports one of the finest wildlife habitats in Wales and it has gained international recognition for its success in nurturing rare species.Learn More
Local Nature Reserves (LNR) are sites which have interesting wildlife or geology but are also important for local residents, schools and are places where people who may have no specific interest in natural history can enjoy access to nature.
The local nature reserves in Bridgend are managed by Bridgend countryside team and it is our aim to make our local nature reserves an exemplar in the management of designated sites and green space using green infrastructure principles such with the goals of conserving nature, providing opportunities for study or research and allowing access and recreation.
Whilst we try to preserve the naturalness of these sites it is our ambition to make these sites accessible for all. It is a difficult challenge in times of austerity but through grant assistance from organisations such as Natural Resources Wales we have started to improve access at a few of our sites. We have undertaken path improvements and are developing new interpretation throughout our sites.
We hope you use this website and the DARE to DISCOVER app as the catalyst to explore local nature reserves and other green space. Don’t forget you can download activities from the Outdoor Bridgend family packs which include fun and educational activities for your little ones wherever you visit.
If you are interested in helping out in a local nature reserve we welcome community involvement in their management and will be holding a number of volunteer events throughout the year.
If you would like to get involved in LNR management, set up a friends of group or would like to use for education visits please contact the countryside team on Biodiversity@bridgend.gov.uk or call 01656 643643.