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.
|The Education Centre and open-air classroom
Opened in 2003, the reserve consists of three natural habitats:
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.
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.
The education centre on the reserve is available for schools, colleges and
local community groups to support environmental studies, field trips and
Visiting groups can follow a planned program of activities on the themes
Mini Beast (Land & Water)
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
The nature centre and reserve are open to general visitors by appointment
only. Contact the education officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.