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Allt-yr-Yn Local Nature Reserve

This reserve, which borders the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, contains a variety of habitats including streams, a series of ponds, ancient woodland, and species-rich grassland. The diversity of habitats provides a haven for wildlife within the city of Newport.

Located only 1km from the city centre, the reserve is of high amenity value and is enjoyed by many local people. Described as “a treasure within the city” by one visitor, the reserve is designated a Local Nature Reserve in recognition of its importance to the local community. The reserve is owned by Newport City Council, with the Trust having a long association with the site’s management.

Species

Spring brings a good variety of woodland flowers, which range from snowdrops to opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage within the damper woodland. In summer, the south facing species-rich meadows are home to a variety of interesting flowers including common spotted-orchid, meadow vetchling and oxeye daisy. This is the best time to see a vivid array of colour. Other interesting species on the reserve include broad-leaved helleborine and adder’s-tongue fern.

The ponds, once used as a lido, are now full of insects such as water boatmen, beetles and pond skaters, whilst marsh-marigold grows around the pond edges. Amphibians such as frogs and smooth newts live on the reserve – a hibernaculum provides an additional safe haven for these species.

Autumn is the best time for a fungus foray. There is an impressive display of woodland fungi on the reserve, including the distinctive, bizarre looking earth star which resembles a mini spaceship! Brightly-coloured waxcaps can be found in the meadow. The reserve is also home to a good range of woodland and wetland birds such as woodpeckers, kingfisher, moorhen and warblers.

Directions

From Junction 27 on the M4, follow the sign for Newport City centre on the B4591. After about 1km, turn left onto Ridgeway Avenue. Follow this road for 500 metres and then turn left onto Allt-yr-Yn View. After a further 500 metres, turn sharp left along a rough track towards Grove Farm. The reserve entrance is a short distance along the track before the farm. Car parking is limited to a small area outside the reserve (grid ref: ST 296 889).

Nearby reserves

Solutia Meadowsand Magor Marsh are a short trip away from the city. The Dan-y-Graig reserve at Risca is also easily accessible from Newport. Nearby coastal reserves include Peterstone Wentlooge.
What to see around the reserve

Tredegar House Country Park has one of Wales’ finest country houses. BelleVue Park, located within the city of Newport, is one of the oldest town parks in Britain. NewportCemetery contains a wealth of wildlife and is the oldest municipal cemetery in Britain. Newport is also host to a Medieval cathedral and castle as well as excellent museums. Look out for the city’s most famous landmark, The Transporter Bridge, which carries visitors by gondola over the river Usk.

Nearby nature reserves

Henllys Bog SSSI
3 miles - Gwent Wildlife Trust
Coed Meyric Moel
4 miles - Gwent Wildlife Trust
Dan-y-Graig
4 miles - Gwent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Off Allt-yr-Yn View
Newport
Gwent
Map reference
ST 296 889
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
20.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Newport Urban Living Landscape
Access
No

Walking information
The paths can be steep and muddy in places. There is one very steep flight of steps which should only be attempted by properly equipped walkers.
Parking
Car parking is limited to a small area outside the reserve
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gwent Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01600 740600
info@gwentwildlife.org