Good places to see dragonflies in Wales - Bridgend

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14 - Kenfig National Nature Reserve (Bridgend)


41 - Parc Slip Nature Reserve (Bridgend)


14 - Kenfig National Nature Reserve (Bridgend)

Bridgend County Borough Council and NRW
Photo credit: Claire InstallEmerald Damselflies Claire Install
Kenfig pool and dunes are designated as an SSSI and Kenfig is also designated as a SAC.  The dunes are home to many important wildflowers and rare invertebrates.  Kenfig Pool is the largest lake in south Wales and is important for birds.  There are 22 species of dragonfly with at least 17 breeding.   The site is jointly managed by Bridgend County Borough Council and NRW.
Kenfig NNR is between Bridgend and Port Talbot.  To get to the reserve, exit the M4 at J37 and follow signs (brown duck) from North Cornelly, Pyle and Porthcawl.  There is a free car park and the reserve has a small visitor centre.  There are several walks with a boardwalk (which is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs) leading to hides overlooking Kenfig Pool.
Grid reference: SS 792 808.  Nearest postcode:  CF33 4PT.

41 - Parc Slip Nature Reserve (Bridgend) Parc Slip Vaughn Matthews

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Photo credit: Vaughn Matthews.

Parc Slip is a 300 acre restored opencast site consisting of grassland, woodland and wetlands, owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.  A huge variety of wildlife is found here, from lapwing to great crested newt.  There are a number of open access hides and viewing areas throughout the reserve, overlooking the wetland areas and ponds.  23 species of dragonfly have been sighted here, including Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly and Four-spotted Chaser.

Dragonfly Species List

There are over 10km of paths through a variety of habitats, with some accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.  There is a Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre on the Nature Reserve with toilets, Coffee Shop and Discovery Room, open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm.  You can find the reserve by leaving the M4 at junction 36, following signs to Maesteg, then following the brown duck signs to Parc Slip. The nearest train station is Tondu.

Grid reference: SS 881 842.  Nearest postcode: CF32 0EH.