Stretching over 3.2 hectares, Frog Pond Wood is one of Bridgend County Borough Council’s dedicated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) sites. These sites are conservation areas set aside for people to enjoy nature and learn about wildlife and the landscape.
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. It’s a wonderful place for a half hour walk with a chance to spot a good variety of species. In the Spring look out for woodland birds and wildflowers. In the Summer you may be lucky enough to spot the darting of a dragonfly or catch a glimpse of jewel like damselflies that thrive in the pond.
What will I find? Frog Pond Wood is a great place to see some rather special wildlife. The woodland is mainly oak and ash. In the spring these trees provide ideal nesting places and foraging opportunities for woodland birds and wildflowers. The pond and wetland areas you’ll come across as you explore the wood get very busy with wildlife in the summer months. Take some time to watch the insect activity near the pond – you may spot the darting of a dragonfly or catch a glimpse of jewel-like damselflies that thrive in the pond.
Frog Pond Wood Nature Trail 840metres long Path: Quite flat with some slightly muddy and uneven sections no steps.
Look out for… I grow here Hartstongue Fern Sessile Oak Ash Greater Spearwort Hazel I live here Nuthatch Great Tit Moorhen Common Frog Pipistrelle Bat Wood Mouse Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly Damselfly If you’re exploring Frog Pond Wood and you spot these or other species, please take a photograph or let us know:
Meet the Keeper When you’re exploring Frog Pond Wood, there is no doubt that you’ll come across the Keeper of the Pond. To find out more about his story, and the plants and wildlife he protects, please visit:
I am this pond, its story I have kept for I am the Keeper but long have I slept look around you now, as I wake here, in the shadow of factories and fences a hidden world lies waiting… here there are cities of mud, skies of water all is connected, from roots of grass to the fingers of frogs here, all is one, I am the pond…
Add a bit of history If you’re interested in local history, Frog Pond Wood has a fascinating historical connection to our industrial past. Look out for the long straight path along the eastern edge of the Reserve. This was once a horse drawn tramway! The tramway, known as the Dyffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway was opened in 1828 as a horse-drawn tram road to provide an outlet to the coast for the iron and coal produced in the Llynfi Valley. The new dock that opened simultaneously in Porthcawl was an integral part of the new transport system. The tram road was replaced in the 1860s by a steam-hauled railway. You can follow the track of the old tram road, which has been redeveloped as a picturesque and family-friendly trail. Smartphone users will enjoy scanning the QR codes at various points on the trail to bring the story of the railway to life. To download the trail leaflet, please visit: http://www.bridgendsheritage.co.uk
Where is Frog Pond Wood? Frog Pond Wood is situated at the eastern end of Village Farm Industrial Estate, approximately half a mile to the south of Kenfig Hill. If you are using Sat Nav to find Frog Pond Wood, please use postcode: CF33 6BL Access The most direct access to Frog Pond Wood is from a surfaced path which runs immediately to the north of Pyle Enterprise Centre on Village Farm Road. Alternatively, you can access the wood from the Community Route to the north. Parking There is limited free parking at Pyle Enterprise Centre and a public car park behind the doctor’s surgery on Bridge Street, Kenfig Hill.
Where next? To find out more about Bridgend’s beautiful Local Nature Reserves, please look for the following links on this website: * Craig y parcau * Tremains Wood * Kenfig National Nature Reserve * Locks Common
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The LNRs are managed by Bridgend CBC Countryside Team and are a resource for the local community to access nature.
Please contact Bridgend Countryside department on 01656 643643 if you would like to get involved in site management or for more information.
January 2014 : New interpretation boards have been installed by Bridgend County Borough Council at local nature reserves to highlight the wildlife that can be found there, and special ‘robin’ arrows have popped up on trees to help guide the way along the marked trails.
The colourful robin arrows can be seen in three local nature reserves at Frog Pond Wood in Pyle, Tremain’s Wood in Brackla and Craig Y Parcau, which can be found next to Newbridge Fields in Bridgend.