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Howardian Local Nature Reserve

This former landfill site has been developed into a wildlife haven in partnership with local groups. Relict estuarine habitat is a major feature of the reserve, but the 13 hectare site also includes woodland, meadow, wetland and ponds providing homes for more than 500 species of wildlife.



  • Local nature reserve declared in 1991
  • Water features include ponds, wetland and scrapes, where heron, kingfisher, sedge warblers and snipes can be spotted
  • Meadows and grassland containing bee, common spotted, southern marsh and butterfly orchid varieties
  • Woodland provides habitat for nesting birds and dormice
  • Silurian Wenlock rock has been exposed in part of the site – the most southerly exposure of this rock in Wales.




Opening hours

The park is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

How to find us

Access point


Hammond Way


Ipswich Road




Public transport: See Cardiff bus​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window  for local routes or visit TravelineCymru​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window  to plan your journey online

Parking: Car parking is available on-street next to the entrance points