Countryside Alliance Awards
On February 1st 2017 we were very pleased to have won the Highly Commended Award at the Countryside Alliance Awards in the tourism category of the Wales Finals.
Welcome to the Friends of Forest Farm
In March 1990 a Group was formed to contribute in whatever way possible to the protection and development of the Glamorgan Canal Local Nature Reserve and Forest Farm, and to promote the study of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. The Nature Reserve, situated in Whitchurch Cardiff, was formed in 1967 and straddles the last remaining stretch of the former Cardiff Merthyr canal which still holds fresh water to a quality good enough to provide a good hunting ground for Kingfishers, Herons and many others species. The majority of the woodland is Beech and Oak with several trees being over 200 years old, and the part called Long Wood is designated a S.S.S.I together with the Canal.
Did You know?The 200-year-old Melingriffith water pump is also a scheduled monument.
Joining the Friends of Forest Farm is very easy. Annual membership costs just £5 per household which gives you exclusive first-look at our newsletter as soon as it is published. We also hold many events every year for our members. Join Now
Are dogs allowed at Forest Farm?
Yes, we do ask that they are kept on lead along the canal and do not allow your dog to go in to the canal. There are dog poop bins throughout the reserve.Visit our FAQ page
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I've been visiting the Forest farm reserve since the early 90's. It's a great facility, poorly treated by some locals, but is still one of my favourite places to visit, watch and photograph wildlife.
Great place for bird watching and a little stroll
The place is a tip, spit in the hides, broken floors, drug taking, dog mess, swearing children, litter, birds afraid to go near the place. I thought there were wardens working here but I'm clearly mistaken. :(
Forest farm is so peaceful time to enjoy the wildlife every time I go there it's always something different you just never know what you see, also friendly people pass by you .
One of my favourite places to go wander with my camera :)
I love this place and often walk around the grounds and along the canal. We visit the bird hides and, as new 'Friends of Forest Farm' we hope to start getting involved in some of the projects there.
Andre Van De Sande
spend a lot of time here last summer wilts recovering from surgery , now back in work and hoping for some nice weather in the weekend to go and relax a few hours in the hide.
Remarkable nature reserve on the edge of Cardiff with a wide selection of wildlife and plants in a variety of habitats including Kingfishers of course plus some shy visitors like Water Rail, Snipe and even a Bittern.
In my view this is the shining star in Cardiff's attractions an amazing place to explore, see the kingfishers, get up close to the rabbits and small birds such as the nut hatches, robins, blue tits etc (take a little bag of seed with you for the posts and they soon show), sit and watch the herons gracefully flying in for lunch or just to take a gentle stroll or a bike ride, Sitting in one of the two hides you literally are a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life and even better it's all for free !. This place is amazing please please Cardiff Council allow the Rangers and Friends to keep doing thier amazing work and do not lose this stunning site X