Protect Kenfig National Nature Reserve before it's too late!

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Kenfig National Nature Reserve is under threat! As a special area of conservation (SAC) and site of special scientific interest (SSSI) Kenfig is recognised as one of the most important sites for wildlife in Europe, home to extremely rare species like the Fen Orchid, Medicinal Leech, Petalwort, Great Crested Newt, Hairy Dragonfly and Great Bittern, to name but a few.

On 31st December 2019, the current lease holders, Bridgend County Borough Council, will relinquish their long-standing management of KNNR when their lease comes to an end. Despite BCBC declaring their intention to end their management of the site over 8 years ago, there has been no announcement from the landlords, the Kenfig Corporation Trust, naming a suitable successor. 

Numerous communications to the Kenfig Corporation Trust from the community, our local council and our local MP, Madeleine Moon, raising our concerns about the future management of this very important site have failed. Kenfig Corporation Trust remains silent and have refused all requests to discuss the issue with the community who wish to work with the Trust to ensure the reserve has a prosperous future for generations to come.

Quite simply, Kenfig National Nature Reserve is a jewel in the Welsh environmental and historical crown and it’s distressing to consider that this rare gem is about to be neglected, open to fly-tipping and abuse. It is imperative that a suitable management structure is put in place now, before it's too late!

Photograph courtesy of Ty Williams