Events and Meetings

Wales Biodiversity Week 6th - 14th June
The preparations are almost complete for the great Welsh wildlife extravaganza. It's your chance to celebrate our wonderful Welsh wildlife with events across the country from wildlife walks, seashore safari's to balsam bashing and much more. Visit the Biodiversity Week web site to see all events in your area and spread the word

The Friends of Nant Fawr Boggy Meadow Survey (part 1) falls in this week. We are starting the survey on Saturday, June 13th 2015 and will carry out transects across Boggy Meadow. This will be followed up by a second session on August 30th 2015.
The Boggy Meadow is the name we have given to the middle of the three meadows lying between old Rhydypenau Wood and Rhydyblewin farmhouse.  As its name implies it is wet in places and is one of the meadows with the highest biodiversity so we should be able to identify a wide range of plants.The way in which the survey is done consists of a walk from one end of the meadow to the other, i.e. a transect, during which the flowers observed can simply be ticked off on a list (available to download on the home page)
We shall be meeting in the Old Reservoir car park (entrance by 127 Rhydypenau Rd) at 10 a.m.
You don’t need to be an expert to join in; why not come to see the biodiversity that is there?
Can’t make those dates? The survey lists and instructions can be found on our website and you can email us your results:

BeeWalk is a national recording scheme to monitor the abundance of bumblebees across the UK.  Anyone can become a BeeWalker who can identify and count the bumblebees they see on an hour’s walk (on a fixed route). It can be a very pleasant way to spend an hour or two on a sunny day. Help with identification is available on the website. Results can be sent to 

Don’t forget to register for the Big Butterfly Count 2015 which takes place on 17th July – 9th August . More details can be found on

To be held at Park End Church,on
Wednesday 29 April 2015 commencing at 7.30 p.m.
A talk by Professor Robert Pickard, entitled
Pollen, the Beauty and the Magic” will follow the AGM
Visitors and new members are welcome

The big butterfly count

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies.

The survey for 2014 takes place between July 19th and August 10th.

 What do you have to do?
Spent 15mins of you time spotting butterflies (and moths) in your garden or as you walk through the Nant Fawr meadows and woodlands. If you need some help, contact us and we can send you a copy of the official ID chart supplied by the organisers.
If you carry out the task in the Nant Fawr please send on the information; we are hoping to compile a list and send it in ourselves.
Interested? You can contact us via
Want to know more? Information can be found on: -
So far: -
Jane, Rhian and Mary have spotted in the Nant Fawr area: -

small white (numerous), brimstone, comma, red admiral, common blue, ringlet (numerous), meadow brown, small tortoiseshell, speckled wood, gate keeper, orange tip, peacock

JOINT WALK with other Friends’ Groups on Saturday 10th May
The meeting place is Cefn Onn car park. 
Time 1.45 pm

As part of Cardiff Walking Festival, the Friends of Nant Fawr are joining our neighbours, namely Friends of Roath Park, Friends of Coed y Felin and Friends of Cefn Onn for this walk. This will start at the car park in Cefn Onn, then wend its way through parts of Cefn Onn, then Coed y Felin  and Lisvane, before reaching our own woodlands and meadows. The walk will take approximately 3 hours, finishing at Terra Nova cafe beside Roath Park lake.

AGM 2014

Date  Wednesday 30th April 2014

Venue - Park End Church , 
             Llandennis Rd,
             CF23 6EG 

Time 7.30pm

Hayraking Autumn 2013 - 

in the Paddock and Meadows

Q. Why have a hay rake?

A. To develop a wild flower meadow

Q . Why would it be difficult for the flowers to just grow in the grass?

A. Wild flowers reproduce and release seeds during the summer Months. These seeds remain in the soil until they germinate the next Spring - at this time they compete with the grass for nutrients to grow.

Q. How can the growth of grass be controlled?

A. There are 3 main ways:-
1. Meadows are mown more than once a year e.g. in late Summer and again in early Winter. 
2. Grazing, e.g. by cattle
3. Using other plants e.g. Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) which is semi-parasitic on grasses 

Q. Why not just mow the grass?

A. If left, the mowings will decompose and add nutrients e.g. nitrates to the soil. Grass grows well with these nutrients and will prevent successful germination of the wild flowers.
Alternatively, mowing and then removing the dried grass (hay) results in fewer nutrients being available to the grass. This allows the wild flowers to compete successfully for space, producing a meadow with diverse flora. It will also prevent thistles, docks, brambles and scrub from taking over. 
The hay can also be used as fodder for farm animals.



Kevin Date, our Ranger, has kindly agreed to lead a joint walk for the Friends of Nant Fawr, Friends of Bute Park and  Friends of Roath Park  to show the work that has been done in the Nant Fawr Community Woodlands over the last 20 years
Please meet at  at the entrance next to Cardiff High School at 2pm

Stream Shuffle July 2013

We had an interesting stream shuffle this year in the Nant Fawr. The hot weather meant that there was very little water in the stream but it did not stop the children (and adults) from having a good rummage and several different creatures were caught and examined.   Many thanks to the Biology  Department at Cardiff University for their support and equipment and to our Park Ranger, Kevin Date for all his hard work.  Next year we hope even more children will come along! 



See how history affects the landscapes and wildlife that we see today.  Learn how the Parks Services and the Friends of Nant Fawr manage the woodland and meadow habitats that comprise our community woodlands.
Meet at the entrance adjacent to Cardiff High School         Time:  2pm - 4pm

SUNDAY 14th JULY 2013

Spread the word to your children and grandchildren that our next meeting in NANT FAWR is the STREAM SHUFFLE  from 2 - 4 pm

This popular event is led by Cardiff University and the Community Park Rangers and gives children and adults alike the opportunity to paddle in the Nant Fawr and discover the creatures that live in the stream. There will be microscopes to use to allow close up views of the tiny creatures. Please wear wellies and note that ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Meet at the Old Car Park at Llanishen Reservoir (There is parking in Rhydypenau Road).


ROATH PARK - NATURE QUEST RSPB  from 10 am - 4 pm

Families are invited to go on a nature quest around the lake and playground.
Meet at the RSPB marquee next to the Roath Park conservatory to get questing back-packs and then go out with the family seeking trees, birds and minibeasts. On return the questors will honoured with a special reward from the RSPB staff.  Donations are welcome for the hire of the Nature Quest packs.
The event is run by the RSPB and the British Ecological Society

JOINT WALK on SATURDAY 4th MAY 2013 starting at 2 pm

As part of a Cardiff-wide Walking Festival we have arranged a joint walk with the Friends of Roath Park. This walk is promoted in Cardiff Council’s Green Book of walks and park activities.
The route will follow our part of the Nant Fawr Trail going as far as the Bird Platform. The walk will last approximately 2 hours, starting and finishing at Roath Park lake. Early May is a delightful time to venture through the woods with the fresh green foliage and springtime blossom everywhere.
Meet at Terra Nova Cafe, Roath Park Lake at 2pm

AGM 2013

This was held in the Epworth Room at Cyncoed Methodist Church Hall,

Westminster Crescent, Cyncoed, Cardiff CF23 6SE
Monday April 22nd 2013 commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Events 2012


Join the Rangers on a BAT HUNT in the evening in the woodlands and meadows of Nant Fawr.Bat detectors will be supplied (along with some batty information!)Places are limited and must be booked in advance.If you are interested please contact the Park Ranger Service on 029 20445900 or 029 20445903Meet at Llanishen Reservoir old Car Park (off Rhydypenau Road) Time: 9 pm – 10.30 pm


ThSTREAM SHUFFLE will be led by Cardiff UniversityCome and see what creatures live within the depths of the Nant Fawr Stream. You can even use amicroscope to get a real close up. Please wear wellies and be prepared to get wet!Note: All children must be accompanied by an adult.Meet at Llanishen Reservoir old Car Park (off Rhydypenau Road) Time: 10am – 12noon