Coed Rhyal, a 13.33 acre woodland of mature oak, occupies a north west facing slope that looks out over Carmarthen Bay. A stone’s throw from Burry Port this delightful woodland is almost pure, old oak with a floor adorned with a carpet of bluebells in the spring and early summer months.
The closed canopy of the oak casts a shadow on the characterful woodland habitat that lies beneath the leaf cover. With honeysuckle climbers, bilberry, primrose and ferns, Coed Rhyal is an ecological gem. The woodland contains extensive fallen and standing deadwood as well as mature trees with extensive cavities, which are also a valuable ecological resource.
There is a patchy lower canopy of holly and hazel typical of oak woodlands. Where the canopy breaks, a stunning outlook offers a feast for the eyes with views of distant land and water. A seasonal stream trickles down the northeast boundary. This pristine woodland is in the midst of the coal mining industry that was once a thriving industry in the area.
This approach is in line with the ethos of (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) UN SDG 15 and also serves the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
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