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Nature and Education Centre

Nature and industry co-exist at the nature reserve and education center created on a 30-acre plot adjacent to the
Dow Corning manufacturing site at Barry, UK.

Nature and Education Centre
The Education Centre and open-air classroom

Nature Reserve

Opened in 2003, the reserve consists of three natural habitats:

  • Ponds
  • Reed beds
  • Grass land

Dow Corning works closely with the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales to maintain the biodiversity of the reserve. Wildlife seen at the site include dragonflies, wading birds, otters, the Rare Bitten, bees and butterflies. A rare species of moth was spotted at the reserve in 2015 and the shrill cader bee in 2014.

The site also offers sheltered feeding grounds for wintering species, and a safe nesting site for spring visitors.

Education Centre

The Dow Corning nature centre was constructed on the reserve to reflect the company’s commitment to sustainability. Ground source heating and solar panels provide power while rain water is harvested and recycled to provide water. As a result the centre was awarded Green Flag and 'Eco Centre' status and received a Biodiversity Award in 2007.

School Visits

The education centre on the reserve is available for schools, colleges and local community groups to support environmental studies, field trips and project work.

Visiting groups can follow a planned program of activities on the themes of:

  • Bird Investigations
  • Mini Beast (Land & Water)
  • Plant Life
  • Sustainability

Our education officer can adjust the program to suit curriculum needs or education objectives. We normally run educational programs on weekdays between 10:00 and 14:00.

To arrange an educational visit, use the booking request form.


General Visitors

The nature centre and reserve are open to general visitors by appointment only. Contact the education officer by email at or via phone 01446 723173.

Fishing facilities at the reserve are limited to members of the Glamorgan Anglers Club, who have provided funding for the reserve and centre.

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