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Information About The Society


What is the Merthyr Tydfil and District Naturalists' Society?

The Society was formed in 1977 when a group of like-minded people came together to share their love of Natural History and the countryside.Renowned for its industrial heritage Merthyr Tydfil and the country side around give rise to a rich variety of natural habitats; a wide range of geological features; many fascinating reminders of our human pre-industrial presence and some rare and endangered species including the Sorbus Leyana trees in Penmoelallt Community Woodland, some of the rarest trees in the world!

The society is made up of people of all age-groups. Together we learn about all aspects of the natural world, enjoying the countryside on our doorstep and how to protect and nurture it.

The Society wants to make sure that your children and your children’s children will be able to enjoy the ‘wild side’ of Merthyr Tydfil today and for years to come.

What Do We Do?

We look after 3 nature reserves:

·         Cilsanws Nature Reserve, a limestone moorland

·         Penmoelallt Community Woodland, an ancient woodland and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

·         Webber’s Pond, a disused colliery reservoir, now a managed habitat for wild life set in Gethin Woods.

Through the spring and summer we visit places of interest, manage the reserves and hold educational fun days for all the family.

During the autumn and winter we hold our educational fun days and meet to listen to presentations given by enthusiastic naturalists and scientists on a variety of fascinating wild life topics

.We work to conserve our natural heritage, protect its biodiversity and develop countryside skills. Check out our Newsletter for details!