This is a relatively young, damp woodland abundant in alder. It has been enhanced by removing invasive and non-native cherry laurel and reclaiming the woodland ponds.
Part of the wood is zoned for education activities and there’s also a wildlife haven, designated as a sanctuary for nature and closed to the public to protect Cardiff’s wildlife and biodiversity. Trees with roosting potential around the ponds have been retained and log piles have been created to allow invertebrates to thrive and provide additional habitats.
Views across the wildlife haven can be seen from the lower footpath or from the top footpath of Llanishen Reservoir.
There is also a recreation area with public access and nature trails.
These woodlands comprise semi-natural oak, alder and birch trees and are attached to the western side of the Llanishen Reservoir. There are areas of commercial planting but the site exhibits a ground flora indicative of ancient semi-natural woodland.
Beneath the trees, there’s a wonderful mix of woodland plants including wood anemone, bluebell, sanicle and herb paris.