The Glamorganshire Canal local nature reserve is a nature reserve in Coryton, Cardiff, Wales. Formed in 1967, it comprises a disused section of the Glamorganshire Canal (constructed 1794), the Long Wood (designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and an area of the flood plain of the River Taff. The reserve is also known as Forest Farm, and the old farm buildings are used to support the reserve.Arrange to visit Forest Farm Country Park and other attractions in Cardiff using our Cardiff itinerary builder app.
The water in the canal is relatively clean for an ex-industrial area, and supports several species of waterbirds, including kingfishers and herons. It is one of the few British nest sites of the Eurasian bittern. The Long Wood is chiefly oak and beech, with several trees over 200 years old.
In 1992 the reserve was extended to approximately 150 acres (60 ha) and was designated as Forest Farm Country Park.
The reserve is supported by the Friends of Forest Farm, who organise educational events and support Cardiff Council in the protection and maintenance of the nature reserve.
Forest Farm Country Park Reviews
A regular spot for me and my family. Beautiful and tranquil walks including wonderful wildlife along the old canal includin kingfishers, squirels, various birds of prey, herons, ducks, other... more »
Forest Farm was once a centre of industry. Before rail, water was the best transport for heavy goods, as well as often the source of power. It is difficult to picture the peaceful paths and canals..... more »
We go back here again and again. Shady walks on a hot day, the dog loves it! The chance to see beautiful flora and fauna, kingfishers to herons, even seen a large grass snake swimming! If you just want a beautiful walk it's great, if you want to use a hide to watch the wildlife you can. Go you won't regret it! You can also walk along the river as well as the canal, even over to Pugh's garden centre for coffee and shopping if you want to walk further!
Nice country park with plenty of space to walk around. It wasn't always 100% clear which path to take but in a way that helped having a more mindless wander. The small children's wooden play area was a nice bonus as it added something else to the day.
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