Lisvane has 26 "Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation" (SINC, a local designation for a site important to the biodiversity of the city). The Lisvane sites include 438.2 hectares of grassland, 32.8 hectares of woodland and 27 ponds. Click HERE for a map and more information. Many of the sites are privately owned but two of the best-known and most accessible SINCs in Lisvane, Parc Cefn Onn and Coed-y-Felin are owned by Cardiff Council and open to the public. Both have active Friends Groups who help Cardiff Council to maintain the areas.
Friends of Coed y Felin
Coed-y-Felin comprises about 16 acres of semi-ancient and mixed natural woodland and is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC); that is ‘one of the most important sites of nature conservation value at the local level’. It is also a valuable section of the Nant Fawr corridor that is recognised by the County Council as having strategic importance in terms of recreation, amenity and wildlife. It is located within the village between Heol Cefn Onn, Millrace Close and Clos Llysfaen. The Friends group was set up to maintain the woods for the benefit of all helping Cardiff Council's Ranger service with working parties.
Friends of Parc Cefn Onn
Parc Cefn Onn is a country park on the Northern fringes of Cardiff. It contains a truly magnificent collection of native and exotic trees set within an intimate valley. Visitors enjoy the stunning scenery and the calm, relaxing atmosphere. The park was originally designed some 90 years ago taking advantage of the gentle valley containing the Nant Fawr stream. Cardiff Council acquired the site in 1944 and continued to invest in this great asset to the city. A car park and good path network are now provided. The streams, ponds, woodlands and other planting make this a rich haven for wildlife. Visitors regularly return to enjoy the park in different seasons. Car parking, toilets and a network of paths are provided. The Friends Group was set up in 2010 to support the maintenance and development of the park
The Graig Protection Society
The Graig is the hill above Lisvane which forms the backdrop to this part of North Cardiff. This local group was originally set up to protect the rural nature of Lisvane when the M4 motorway was being planned and was successful in improving the line eventually adopted. The Group keeps a watching brief on developments and footpath issues and organises a number of walks throughout the year using local footpaths.
The Reservoir Action Group (RAG) aims to preserve the amenities provided by Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs which have been under threat from development.
Parc Cefn-Onn Autumn 2016