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Pant y Sais Fen

DIFFICULTY:

Easy

DISTANCE:

1.3 km / 0.9 mi

ALLOW:

20 minutes

HABITAT:

Fen

This walk is accessed directly from the pavement alongside the main road. This is a short and easy walk, following the boardwalk through Neath Port Talbot’s first Local Nature Reserve. Also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Pant y Sais Fen is one of the best remaining fens in South Wales and its accessibility makes it an ideal location to delve into one of Neath Port Talbot’s wildlife hotspots. Having developed naturally on a former course of the Neath River, the site forms a complex and diverse wetland site made up of several distinctive plant communities. In addition to the plant life, a feature of the site is its sheer diversity of rare invertebrates. Of particular note is the Fen Raft Spider, which is so well adapted to its aquatic lifestyle that it’s able to move across the surface water despite its impressive size (an adult grows to a span of up to 7cm across). The spider is found in only 2 other locations in the UK, earning it full legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. If you wish to extend your walk there is access to the Tennant Canal towpath which could take you past Neath Abbey and up towards Aberdulais Falls.

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