The ward is mainly working farmland with a dense urban belt along the southern edge. There are scattered remnants of ancient semi-natural woodland, which relates to a site being continually wooded with native trees since 1600AD. This mixture of habitats allows species to move through the ward and into the wider landscape.
The mixture of woodland and farmland provides ideal habitat for species such as Badger and a wide range of birds including House sparrow and Starling, both of these species have suffered significant declines in the past few decades. Hedgehogs have been recorded in the ward, often sadly after being hit by cars.
- Rare blue ground beetle have been found in neighbouring Dyffryn Ward – encourage constituents to look out for this beetle as this is the only population in Wales!
- Look for locations for NPT Bee Friendly management around the ward i.e. sites where flowers would grow if mowing was paused for the summer
- Encourage ward constituents to take part in ‘Hedgehog Street’ to increase connectivity of habitat for hedgehogs in the ward and prevent hedgehogs from needing to cross roads so often.