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Kenfig: nature in the sand dunes

Kenfig Nature Reserve
The dunes once stretched nearly 30km across the south Wales coast

The area is one of the last remnants of a large sand dune system that once stretched along the coast from the river Ogmore to the Gower peninsula at the end of the last Ice Age.

Some of the dunes now cover the site of an ancient town and castle and only the castle tower remains above ground.

It was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1953, and has since been granted the status of National Nature Reserve and a European Special Area of Conservation.

The reserve contains flowers such as the fen orchid - a rare wild orchid, and has bird hides and a visitor centre with exhibition, shop and information point.

Bridgend County Borough Council staff manage the reserve, and there are guided walks given by reserve wardens.

The reserve is open all year, and the visitor centre is open 2pm-4.30pm weekdays, 10am-4.30pm weekends.

Co-ordinates: ST136805

Location: The reserve can be reached from Junction 37 of the M4 and is signposted from North Cornelly, Pyle and Porthcawl. There is parking at the reserve.

Contact: Ton Kenfig, Bridgend, CF33 4PT

Telephone: 01656 743386

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