An exciting new nature trail has been opened in Hendy.

The trail was officially launched by chairperson of Llanedi Community Council; Cllr Emyr Davies, chairperson of the volunteers and steering group, Michael Harper, and junior ranger, Alfie Jones, on Friday afternoon ahead of the fire-break lockdown.

“It is great to see the trail launched after months of hard work. It is a haven for wildlife and also for local people, especially at this time,” said Michael.

The trail runs around the old cricket ground and takes advantage of its wonderful location on the edge of the Loughour Estuary - internationally-recognised for its scientific importance.

It includes an all access path, habitat improvement, information boards about local wildlife and birdlife as well as bird screens. Entrance is free.

More than 70 species of bird, 20 species of butterflies and 60 species of moths have been recorded on site as well as reptiles and mammals and some of the visiting birds come all the way from Africa.

The site supports four different habitats and has a selection of exotic trees from all around the world.

The project has attracted an active band of more than 30 volunteers who help maintain the site and record species. Collectively they have contributed more than 300 hours of volunteer time to date.

There are also plans to introduce a junior rangers project for children aged four plus.

Community development officer, Ruth Taylor-Davies said she has been impressed with the amazing efforts of the local volunteers and added: “We’re delighted to be helping to create a community facility and support wildlife and improve biodiversity through Landfill Disposal Tax grants.

"New volunteers are always welcome, and I would encourage people to get involved by contacting”.

Llanedi Community Council owns the land and supports the project. The Community Council is able to support this project thanks to funding secured from Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposal Tax Community Scheme, administered by WCVA.