Pant y Sais National Nature Reserve
One of 70 National Nature Reserves in Wales, a visit to Pant y Sais gives you the chance to explore wonderful wildlife habitats and soak up nature at its best.
What will you discover?
Walk along the quarter of a mile accessible boardwalk into the heart of the fen, where you’ll see a range of spectacular wetland plants, birds and insects.
With plenty of passing places as well as benches, it means you can all take a moment to pause and appreciate the scenery.
Wildlife lover’s haven
Look out for the fen raft spider, the UK’s largest spider, hiding along the banks of the canal.
You’ll get to see lots of fascinating dragonflies and colourful butterflies dancing across the fen at Pant Y Sais National Nature Reserve. Insect lovers will love ticking off which ones they spot on their trip.
Marsh harriers, a magnificent bird of prey, can also be found here, as well as bittern and water rail, so bring along your bird identifying book and see how many you can tick off.
Amazing sights to see all year round
Thanks to its diverse habitats, whenever you visit, there’ll be colourful flowers and intrigued wildlife waiting for you.
Visiting in summer? As you walk along the boardwalk, you’ll be kept company by the birds singing marvellous songs to you, a welcoming and calming sound which is bound to stay with you for a long time afterwards.
The bright colours of the wildflowers are a beauty to see as the yellow iris and marsh cinquefoil covers the ground.
All this exploring making you peckish?
Bring along a flask of coffee and make some tasty homemade sandwiches in the morning so you can tuck into a picnic on one of the benches and enjoy lunch with a view.
Chat away about the beauty you’ve discovered so far, and the conversation will soon flow towards discussing your next visit.
Want to explore even more?
Up for a slightly longer walk? Follow the Tennant Canal Towpath along the length of Pant Y Sais Fen towards either Swansea or Neath to take in even more glorious Welsh countryside.
The Wales Coast Path also passes the edge of the reserve, so if you’re up for a bit of a tour of the spectacular Welsh coastline, then head off on the Coast Path to discover even more majestic Welsh scenery.