Aberbargoed Grasslands designated National Nature Reserve
A “green oasis” in the heart of Aberbargoed has become Wales’ first National Nature Reserve (NNR) in an urban setting.
Aberbargoed Grasslands has been recognised for its rich biodiversity byThe Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and received an official ministerial opening on Thursday.
Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths, said: “Before today, there were National Nature Reserves right across Wales, but none in the Central and Eastern Valleys.
“It is a sign of continuing environmental improvement in the Valleys that sites like this can now be added to the list.
“Last month I spoke of my vision for improving urban areas in Wales. Nature reserves such as this one are a wonderful opportunities for people to learn more about nature and wildlife in a sustainable way.”
The majority of National Nature Reserves in Wales are based in rural, coastal or upland areas.
Aberbargoed Grasslands is home to the endangered marsh fritillary butterfly, as well as other valuable wildlife features, including fungi, rich grasslands, ponds and hedgerows.
CCW Chairman Morgan Parry said: “This site is a nationally important area of conservation grassland and an excellent example of a well managed green space within an urban setting. As well as providing the perfect habitat for a range of rare plant and animal species rare species such as the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, it is a well used and important resource for the local community.”
The official opening was marked with a butterfly parade involving pupils from Aberbargoed and Markham Primary Schools, Ysgol Bro Sannan and Heolddu Comprehensive school
An evening celebration was also organised for the local community on the sports field featuring a variety of activities, stalls and displays, promoting local wildlife and community groups who have had involvement with the National Nature Reserve.Follow @CaerphillyObsvr