A Site of Interest for Nature Conservation
This beautiful woodland is designated as a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) because of its importance to wildlife in Cardiff. It includes plants such as wood anemones, toothwort, moschatel (town hall clock), and ramsons (wild garlic), which are characteristic of native ancient woodland.
If you look up in the trees you will notice bat boxes have been put up throughout the woodland and wider park. These were provided by Cardiff Bat Group. A good range of bat species have been recorded within Bute Park such as Nathusius’ pipistrelle, the common pipistrelle and the brown long-eared bat. Daubenton bats can also often be seen feeding over the River Taff at twilight.
These woodlands are part of a larger wildlife corridor, from the Brecon Beacons to Cardiff Bay. It is home to a wide variety of birds such as green and greater spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, blackcap, long-tailed tit and song thrush. Otters have also been spotted along this stretch of river in recent years.
There are a wide variety of butterflies and moths in these woods. You might see speckled wood and orange tip butterflies, poplar hawkmoths and brimstone moths among others.
Please help us to keep this woodland special for wildlife
- Keep to the main path
- Don’t drop litter
- Don’t light fires
- Don’t ride bikes