New Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Parc Slip Off To A Flying Start
The site has been transformed over the years by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales into a stunning nature reserve. With the support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government as part of the Valleys Regional Park Programme, a previously underused building at the reserve has been transformed into a visitor centre and coffee shop with conference facilities.
On the 25th May, the Visitor Centre was officially opened by the First Minister, The Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM, AC. The First Minister then took part in some first-hand wildlife watching while pond dipping with local children.
The First Minister said:
“This project provides an excellent example of how the Welsh Government is using EU funding to stimulate tourism opportunities in the Valleys based on our natural resources. As well as providing a first class facility for education and local people, 4 new jobs have already been created at the centre as a result of the project, and it is expected to support the creation of several more in the local area through increased visitor numbers in the future”
Following the official opening, the public opening of the Visitor Centre took place on Bank Holiday Monday (27th May), with the brand new Coffee Shop open for the very first time! The event was attended by TV Presenter Dr Rhys Jones (BBC’s ‘Rhys Jones’ Wildlife Patrol’) who led the public with Wildlife Trust staff on a ‘Reptile Ramble’ around the reserve. We were lucky enough to see a beautiful female adder and six grass snakes.
Alongside the reptile rambles, other activities on the day included pond dipping, willow weaving with Out to Learn Willow and rural woodcraft demonstrations from the Gower Charcoal Makers.
The new Visitor Centre will now be open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, with a range of coffees and cakes and a full list of wildlife events taking place. Keep an eye on the website of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales for the events list, including weekly Reptile Rambles on a Wednesday at 10am.