Glamorganshire Canal local nature reserve

The Glamorganshire Canal local nature reserve is a nature reserve in Coryton, Cardiff, Wales. Formed in 1967, it comprises a disused section of the Glamorganshire Canal (constructed 1794), the Long Wood (designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and an area of the flood plain of the River Taff. The reserve is also known as Forest Farm, and the old farm buildings are used to support the reserve.[1][2]

The water in the canal is relatively clean for an ex-industrial area, and supports several species of waterbirds, including kingfishers and herons. It is one of the few British nest sites of the Eurasian bittern. The Long Wood is chiefly oak and beech, with several trees over 200 years old.[2][3]

In 1992 the reserve was extended to approximately 150 acres (60 ha) and was designated as Forest Farm Country Park.[4]

The reserve is supported by the Friends of Forest Farm, who organise educational events and support Cardiff Council in the protection and maintenance of the nature reserve.[2]

Glamorganshire Canal-by-George-Tod
The Glamorganshire Canal in the nature reserve

See also


  1. ^ "Forest Farm and Melingriffith". Cardiff Council. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Welcome to the Friends of Forest Farm". Friends of Forest Farm and Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Bittern". RSPB. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  4. ^ "About us". Friends of Forest Farm and Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve. Retrieved 5 November 2016.

Coordinates: 51°31′16″N 3°14′42″W / 51.521°N 3.245°W

Coryton, Cardiff

Coryton is a district of the capital city of Wales, Cardiff lying immediately to the north of Whitchurch next to junction 32 of the M4. It falls within Whitchurch & Tongwynlais electoral ward. The area is named after Sir Herbert Cory (1857–1933), former Conservative MP of Cardiff and one of the Cory baronets, coal mining and ship owning industrialists.

The district contains a mix of early and mid 20th century suburban housing estates, 1960s council housing and some post-2000 developments.

Due to the area's close proximity to Whitchurch it has few amenities of its own, although to those from elsewhere it is probably best known for The Hollybush public house, the Village Hotel at the M4 motorway junction, and the biggest Asda supermarket in South Wales which opened in 1970.The Glamorganshire Canal local nature reserve, a country park, is adjacent to the River Taff.

The area is served by Coryton railway station, the terminus of the Coryton Line.

Inter Coryton football club plays its home games in nearby Caedelyn Park.

Glamorganshire Canal

The Glamorganshire Canal was a valley-side canal, in South Wales, UK, running from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff.

List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Cardiff

This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in the Cardiff Area of Search (AoS).

Mary Gillham

Dr Mary Eleanor Gillham MBE (26 November 1921 – 23 March 2013) was a British naturalist, university lecturer, and writer, who was resident for many years in Gwaelod y Garth and then Radyr, in Cardiff, Wales until her death.

Although born in a London suburb, and serving five wartime years in the Women's Land Army working on multiple farms, Mary Gillham spent much of her time in Wales. As a post-war student in the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and Bangor, she gained a degree in agriculture, a first-class honours in botany, and a PhD in island ecology. She lectured in the universities of Exeter (Devon), Massey (New Zealand), Melbourne (Australia), Kano (Nigeria), and worked in the Adult Education Department at University College Cardiff from 1961 until her retirement in 1988.As a teacher of adult amateur naturalists, she saw her role as an interpreter of scientific data for the layman, and took to writing books and popular articles. Spray-washed seabird colonies were her main love, and research on these took her to remote islands in many parts of the world, where she has lived in tents, huts, lighthouses, etc. Her major research projects were around the coasts of West Wales (her PhD thesis), Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and she was one of the first women scientists to join an Antarctic expedition (in 1959/60).In 1970, she undertook a research project on Aldabra in the Indian Ocean, and subsequently took naturalists to the Seychelles. In 1979, she was visiting scientist on an American expedition (by sailing ship) to an uninhabited island in the Bahamas, and she took parties to Jamaica, New England, and the Rocky Mountains. Other expeditions were to North, West, East, and Central Africa, and Florida, and she led groups to various parts of Britain and Europe. Active in various natural history and conservation bodies over several decades, Gillham was president of the Glamorgan Naturalists' Trust and of the Cardiff Naturalists Society.

In 2008, Dr. Gillham was awarded an MBE for services to nature conservation in South Wales.

Ronald Lockley

Ronald Mathias Lockley (8 November 1903 – 12 April 2000) was a Welsh ornithologist and naturalist. He wrote over fifty books on natural history, including a major study of shearwaters, and many articles. He is perhaps best known for his book The Private Life of the Rabbit.

Whitchurch, Cardiff

Whitchurch (Welsh: Yr Eglwys Newydd; eglwys church + newydd new) is a suburb and community in the north of Cardiff, capital of Wales. It is approximately 3 miles north of the centre of the city on the A470 road and A4054 road. Its estimated population as of 2011 was 5,234. It falls within the Whitchurch & Tongwynlais ward.

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