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On the banks of the River Clydach, this reserve consists of mainly oak woodland with some birch and Beech and wetter areas with Alder and Ash. Above the woods are stretches of bracken and heather-covered slopes.


Notable Species

Breeding birds include an assemblage typical of a Welsh woodland with Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart and Wood Warbler as well as all three British woodpeckers and Tawny Owl. Common Dipper and Grey Wagtail can be seen along the river and Northern Wheatear and Tree Pipit on the higher, more open ground.

In winter Common Snipe and Woodcock, Fieldfare and Redwing, Siskin and Lesser Redpoll are common visitors to the reserve.


Birds you can see here include:

Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Common Pheasant, Common Snipe, Eurasian Woodcock, Stock Dove, Common Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Tawny Owl, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Skylark, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White-throated Dipper, Common Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, European Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch, Eurasian Treecreeper, Common Jay, Eurasian Magpie, Northern Raven, Chaffinch, Brambling, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Eurasian Bullfinch, Yellowhammer

Other Wildlife

This woodland has a good range of butterflies including Purple Hairstreak and Silver-washed Fritillary and Badger and Fox are present.

Site Information

History and Use

To do

Areas of Interest

To do

Access and Facilities

The reserve lies north-west of the village of Clydach which is on the A4067 just north of Junction 45 of the M4. From the centre of the village take a minor road up the valley to the village of Craigcefnparc and on to the reserve car-park.

A marked path follows the riverside and visitors are requested to keep to it. This excellent woodland reserve is only 11km from the city of Swansea and an ideal site for educational visits.

Grid Ref: SN684026

Contact Details

Tel: 029 2035 3000 (RSPB)

External Links

Content and images originally posted by Steve