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Cadle Heath Local Nature Reserve

Cadle Heath Local Nature Reserve is one of the best examples of urban heath in the country.

Heathlands are a declining resource in the UK and are a priority for conservation. In addition to wet heath the 11.5 hectare reserve has areas of species rich grassland, ponds, scrub and woodland. 

It provides a home or habitat for a wide range of plants and animals including butterflies and dragonflies, frogs, skylarks, heather, southern marsh orchids and whorled caraway.

There's a significant colony of wood bitter vetch. This occurs on only two sites in West Glamorgan. A total of 31 species were recorded in a comprehensive bird survey in 1995.

Skylark, stonechat, garden warbler, tree pipit and whitethroat were amongst those recorded during the breeding season. The most notable species recorded to date is the marsh fritillary butterfly.

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