epic adventures this SPRING

The flora and fauna across our parks, blanketing our woodlands and sprawling along our riverbeds will lift any visitor out of their winter slumber.

Wildlife thrives on the wide, marshy grasslands at the heads of the valleys here in the Dramatic Heart of Wales. Take a stroll along the hills’ peaks and spot orange tip butterflies as they lay their eggs on the delicate, pink cuckoo flower.

At the Pant-y-Sais Nature Reserve in Jersey Marine, you’ll find viviparous lizards basking in the spring-time sun. Ancient royal fern can be seen all year at the reserve – the species has remained unchanged for over 180 million years, standing the tests of time.

What makes our landscape so unique is the striking contrast between nature and industry; our colliery spoil sites not only hold waterfalls and woodlands, they also demonstrate the incredible habitat resurgence we’ve seen in the generations following the Industrial Revolution.

The soil types at colliery spoil sites mimic sand dune habitats, meaning we can find traditional coastal species further inland. Spot skylarks, adders, green tiger beetles and more as you wander along Bryn and Cwmavon river valleys or the Tonmawr water treatments in Cimla.

Keen natural scientists can also trace the route of Alfred Russel Wallace, evolutionary researcher and peer of Charles Darwin, who spent five years of his life in Neath. He claimed the county lit the spark for his interest in the natural world, and now you can explore the sites that inspired him most on our In Their Footsteps: Alfred Russel Wallace Trail.

Find more activities and sites of natural beauty here.

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