Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre is an area of 300 acres containing a fantastic mix of habitats such as grassland, woodland and wetlands, restored from its previous status as an opencast coal mine.
No matter what your interests are, there is something on the reserve for you.
For Wildlife Enthusiasts
During the summer, the fields near to the Visitor Centre are ablaze with colour as oxeye daisy, ragged robin, orchids, fleabane, red bartsia and numerous other beautiful wildflowers come into bloom.
Open water ponds, the wader scrape and wetlands provide habitat for many species of water bird, including teal, lapwing and water rail. There are a number of open access hides and viewing areas throughout the reserve, overlooking the wetland areas and ponds and the lapwing breeding area.
After you’ve taken in the wildlife out on the reserve, report your sightings to our friendly staff in the Visitor Centre and relax with a cup of tea in the Coffee Shop overlooking the dipping ponds and wildflower meadows.
A 4km stretch of the SusTrans National Cycle Route 4 and Celtic Trail East passes through Parc Slip Nature Reserve. This stretch of track is well-maintained, traffic free and tranquil, passing through grassland and woodland. Cyclists are also welcome at the Visitor Centre, where a bike rack is available.
For Dog Walkers
Dogs are permitted on the reserve. Over 10km of footpaths are available for dog walking, with litter bins along the routes for disposing of doggy bags. If you are thinking of bringing your dog along with you to Parc Slip, please read and conform to our guidelines for dog walking on nature reserves.
The Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre both provide a safe area for families to discover and enjoy nature. Activities such as pond dipping, bug hunting and various wildlife craft/event days are run regularly from the centre.
For People with Disabilities
The site has a number of easy access routes which can be approached via wheelchair. The cafe and centre are both fully accessible.