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Nature Reserve

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Kenfig Nature Reserve is one of Wales's top sand-dune reserves, with plants like wild fen orchids, birds and insects depending on this habitat for their survival.

The reserve is one of the last remnants of a huge dune system that once stretched along the coastline of southern Wales from the Ogmore River to the Gower peninsular.

Glamorgan's largest natural lake, Kenfig Pool, is set on the edge of this beautiful sand dune nature reserve with spectacular views across Swansea Bay to the Gower.

The Reserve is home to a wide variety of rare and endangered species of plants and animals, including the Fen Orchid. The dune system makes up part of the largest active sand dune system in europe.

Kenfig NNR is a favourite refuge for wildfoul all year round and is one of the few places in the UK where the bittern can be seen during the winter - the area is a very popular place with birdwatchers.

The area is managed to ensure the dunes don't become overcome by dense grassland and scrub woodland which would result in the loss of much of the important and diverse wildlife. The reserve is managed so that the delicate balance of habitats is maintained and visitors can freely wander the area without harming any of the reserve and its features. Disabled access is encouraged yet access to the dune systems is difficult for wheelchair users.

There is an Information Centre for children of all ages, and a shop for leaflets, books and conservation gifts. Stroll along the boardwalk and stop at one of the bird hides overlooking the 70-acre freshwater pool, a favourite refuge for wildfowl at all times of the year. Wardens are often on site to answer any queries you may have.

Interpretation and education feature highly at Kenfig. Talks and slide shows can be arranged, along with guided walks for organised groups. An advisory service is also available for schools

Kenfig NNR (includes the area of sand dunes and Kenfig Pool) are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Ton Kenfig,
Pyle,
Bridgend,
CF33 4PT

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SS 803811  Lat: 51.51610 Long: -3.72646

Kenfig National Nature Reserve can be reached from Junction 37 of the M4 Motorway and is signposted from North Cornelly, Pyle and Porthcawl. Free car park.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Pyle station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Notes

There is currently n cafe but soft drinks and chcolates,crisp, ice cream ect are available from the farm shop.