Countryside - Conservation

The County Borough is home to a wealth of wildlife. It has dramatic scenery and world-renowned geology. The Council helps to conserve the wildlife and natural features within the County Borough.

Picture of Green Winged Orchid

Our work includes implementing policy, practical management, monitoring species populations and ecosystems, raising awareness, promoting education and enjoyment of the countryside.

Our work for wildlife is guided by ‘Action for Nature: the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Rhondda Cynon Taf‘. This action plan was drawn up by a partnership of organisations and individuals. It includes actions to raise awareness of wildlife and its importance in Rhondda Cynon Taf, record and monitor wildlife, protect sites and manage land for wildlife.

Seasonal Factsheets

Find out more about the wildlife in Rhondda Cynon Taf with our seasonal fact sheets, see the related documents section at the top of this page to find out more about Fungi and Orchids as well as Ghosts in the Night and Bats!

Recording and Monitoring Conservation

 An important part of our work is to record and monitor wildlife within the County Borough. We are continuously monitoring various species and habitats to see how they are doing. Monitoring allows us to take some action if numbers or area starts to decline.

A Recorders’ Newsletter is published about twice a year. It allows you to find out what wildlife is around and gives you the opportunity to let us know what you have seen. It also details events and training courses, surveys and visits which may be of interest to wildlife watchers. To request an email or paper copy please contact; ParksCountryside@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk |

For the latest Recorders’ Newsletter please click on the link at the top of this page.

Gardening for Wildlife

Gardens can be a wonderful place for wildlife and managing your garden appropriately you can encourage a huge diversity of local wildlife into your garden. Some ideas to get you started making your garden a wildlife haven:

  • Conservation Stop using any type of chemical pesticides or herbicides
  • Create a pond
  • Leave areas to go wild
  • Use bird and bat houses
  • Record what wildlife you see in your garden

Contact Us

For more information on how to improve your garden or to complete our Garden Wildlife Survey, Please contact us at

Parks and Countryside
Llwyn Castan
Library Road
Pontypridd
CF37 2YA

Telephone: 01443 400563
Fax No: 01443 405184
Email: ParksCountryside@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk |