Allt Nant-Y-Ci Recreation Park
Allt Nant-y-ci is an informal recreational park of approximately 33 acres (13.5 hectares) open to the public 365 days of the year. The parkland is very attractive and has a great deal to offer visitors all year round. It is situated adjacent to Saron village just west of Ammanford in the south east corner of Carmarthenshire. The park is easily accessed by public transport or by car and has ample carparking space within the park at the eastern entrance.
The park is ideal for visitors of all ages and abilities, it has surfaced paths, most of which are of a gentle gradient and wheel chair friendly. Only a few steps are to be found on the outer reaches of the park.
The quiet wooded areas of the park are perfect for a peaceful stroll to appreciate the wildlife whilst the fitness and exercise apparatus provides an ideal work-out for the more enegetic visitor. There is an off road bike trail with ramps and chicanes where more adventurous bike riders can hone their trail riding skills. Bird watchers will appreciate the bird hide, tucked away in a tranquil corner of the park where it overlooks a beautiful secluded pond fringed by wetland flowers, sedges and reeds.
School groups and other Community Groups are welcome and a large open shelter is available for pupils or trainees to work in or to escape from wet weather.
The park is a highly attractive blend of old native woodland, made up of Oak, Ash, Sycamore, and Alder along with more recently established areas of Birch, Willow and Hazel. An understorey of Gorse, Bramble and Broom adds to the mix. This varied combination of woodland habitats is irresistable to a wide variety of plant and animal life.
The Allt Nant-y-ci stream runs through a shallow shady fern clad valley and forms the north eastern boundary of the park.
Old meadow land to the north east of the stream is an ancient remnant of the preindustrial landscape of the once extensive Mynydd Mawr Common and has its own distinctive flora. By contrast the central and southern side of the park is relandscaped coal waste with nutrient poor soils that form a flower rich grassland mosaic where orchids and other wild flowers flourish.
On a warm sunny day the grasslands at Allt Nant-y-ci are one of the best places in Carmarthenshire to watch butterflies and dragonflies.
Bird watchers in particular will always find a visit to the park worthwhile with a wide variety of birds to look out for. Winter flocks of Blue Tits, Great Tits and Coaltits mix with Goldfinches and Chaffinches. Common favourites like Robins, Thrushes and Dunnocks are all likely to be found somewhere within the park at any time of the year whilst the colder months sees the arrival of migrants like Redwing and Fieldfare to feed on the berries of Holly and Hawthorn. During the summer, migrants like Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Whitethroat frequent the park.
Allt Nant-Y-Ci Recreation Park
Carmarthenshire County Council, Countryside Recreation Unit.
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