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Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve
Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent



The woodland of Cwm Clydach grows on steep slopes alongside a deep river gorge. It is the largest and most representative area of native beechwood in South East Wales. The river has cut deep into the valley forming steep cliffs, and spectacular waterfalls. The air is humid close to thefast moving river, and many species of moss can be found growing here. Clinging precariously to the cliffs are yew and whitebeam trees. Ground plants are relatively sparse, especially in the shade under the beech trees. A good variety of woodland birds can be seen.

The Countryside Council for Wales is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to enjoy the countryside. National Nature Reserves are no exception. On some reserves the Countryside Council for Wales has provided additional paths. On others, access on foot is unrestricted and visitors are welcome to wander freely. Where possible, the Countryside Council also provide facilities to add to visitors' enjoyment of reserves such as bird hides, information points, guided walks and displays, and facilities for the disabled. Signs at entrances welcome visitirs to each reserve and provide basic information.
 
 
 
About our location:
Leave the M4 at junction 45 and head north A4067. Turn left at roundabout and follow the signs for the reserve.


Safety: The Countryside Council for Wales makes every attempt to ensure that your visit to a reserve is enjoyable and safe. But visitors should also be aware of their own safety. Please watch out for hazards and wear appropriate clothes and footwear for your visit.

This work was commissioned by the Countryside Council for Wales as part of its programme of research into sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and outdoor enjoyment in rural Wales and its inshore waters. 
 
 

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