Forest Farm & Glamorganshire Canal Nature Reserve

Cardiff  >  United Kingdom

Local nature reserve with remnants of the Glamorgan canal, woodland and 2 scrapes.

Added* by Richard Shearman
Most recent update 12 February 2020


Forest Farm Country Park and the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve is the place for best birding in Cardiff. Ancient beech and oak trees, wildlife including otters, canal heritage, a long distance trail & the River Taff along with a superb path network and excellent public transport links to help you enjoy it. Excellent photo opportunities for Common Kingfisher. Easy access with car parking and 3 birdhides (1 out of use as of Jan 2020 due to arson).

It is also one of the rare British nest sites of Great Bittern. Other nice birds you can see here are Goosander, Grey Wagtail, White-throated Dipper, Bullfinch and Snipe.



Car parking on Longwood drive to north of reserve, small car park with roadside parking Whitchurch end, car park at Forest Farm Warden's centre. Train station at Radyr (a short walk away) - take Radyr, Treherbert, Aderdare or Merthyr Tydfil train from Cardif Central.

The circular walk as displayes on the map is about 2,5 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Reedbeds , Forest , River



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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