Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Tel: 01656 743386
Fax: As above
Sand dunes are popular places to study botany, geomorphology, zoology and ecology. This not just because of the richness and
variety of habitats at hand but also because of the way that that the landforms and plant communities alter with time. The impact that
tides, waves and wind have on the beach sediments are easy to observe. Changes in vegetation cover and soil development occur from bare sand,
through pioneer phases to a stable plant community in a relatively short period of time making it easier for students to
grasp the concepts of plant succession. The process is still too slow to see but similar changes occur as one moves from
the top of the beach inland into developing dune vegetation and that can be studied on one visit.
Kenfig NNR has built an excellent reputation as a site for environmental education. A full range of sand dune habitats are available within just one mile of the car park and the Reserve Centre has a well equiped lecture room. There are also pond nets and trays for freshwater study and an Education Warden skilled in plant and animal education available to give walks, talks and run field study excercises.
If you are interested in bringing a group to Kenfig please contact Graham Holmes, Education Warden on 01656 743386. For the time being there is no charge for visits but we are always pleased to receive a donation!
Survival camp team on 'Dune Trekkers' 2001
Getting close to nature
Watch nature club orchid walk
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