Cwmtalwg Local Nature Reserve






















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The Cwmtalwg Local Nature Reserve  is managed by the Cwmtalwg Woodlands Residents Group which was formed in 1988 with the aim of making some small woods a community resource rather than a handy dumping ground and hideout for truanting children and drug and alcohol misusers. The nature reserve consists of  2.85 hectares of deciduous woodland and is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and situated on the edge of the town of Barry, South Wales.

The Group has been active over the last 25 years in protecting and enhancing this nature reserve by planting trees, constructing paths and putting in seats and keeping the area litter free. The Group aims to respond to the needs of the community and  encourage local people and children to appreciate and care for  the local environment.

On this page we tell you about our  current and recent activities. To find out where the nature reserve is, what wildlife is found on site, the list of species, the aims and constitution, the policies adopted on risk assessment etc and the links to other local or national organisations involved with the Group, click on the links in the green column. If you want more information on any aspect of the project  contact  Anne Bryan


Green Flag  Community Gold Award

The Cwmtalwg Nature reserve received this award for 2014-15. Green Flag Community Awards are administered by Keep Wales Tidy, and are given for high quality maintenance of green spaces by community Groups.

The Photo shows regular volunteers with the work parties with the Green Pennant Banner

To celebrate the Green flag Award on Sunday September 7th at 10.30 am coffee , tea, soft drinks and cake will be served in a glade opposite Gwenog Court, Severn Avenue followed by a short walk around the Nature Reserve with some of the volunteers who maintain the site. Anyone interested is welcome to come to this free event. Meet at the junction of Severn Ave and Bramble Ave around 10.30 am. For more details phone or text Anne at 07989 938 923 or e mail



Work parties

These are held on Sunday mornings 10 am to 12.00, with a coffee break at 10.45. Tools and gloves are provided, and if you are able to help, even with just a bit of litter picking,  you will be assured of a warm welcome. Meet opposite the Cwmtalwg Pub on Severn Avenue.  For information on date of the next work party  contact Anne


A newsletter is produced every year to tell members about the latest activities. It can be sent either in paper or via e mail.  If you would like to become a member, active or just supportive, the subscription is 2 per year for adults, 3 for families and 1 for over 65s.  There is no obligation to volunteer, the Group is pleased to have members who are simply interested in the project, and the funds they contribute as subs or donation is a great help. It is also good to know that people support the project even if they are not able to volunteer for work on the project

To apply for membership contact Anne

Nature Walks

These are held on the first Sunday of each month, meeting at 10.30 am opposite the Millwood Pub on Severn Avenue, Barry. This is a gentle amble around the project looking at plants, birds, insects, fungi, etc. All are welcome.

Here are some photographs taken at Cwmtalwg in 2013 and 2014

Common Carder bee            Phillip Bennington Common Wasp               Phillip Bennington
Craven Door Snail                      Phillip Bennington Ground beetle Larva                 Phillip Bennington
Common Frog               Phillip Bennington Frog Spawn                          Phillip Bennington

Annual General Meeting

The next AGM will be held on in April or May 2015. For more information contact Anne:a.bryan7@ntlworld.


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