Know before you go
Parking informationParking is very limited near the northern end of the reserve on Gorad Rd or Hwfa Rd (LL57 2BN); there is no parking at the southern end
The Wales Coastal Path passes through the reserve and can be accessed from the northern and southern ends of the reserve.
Paths through the wood are narrow, steep with numerous steps and may be difficult in wet weather. The adjacent shore is not part of the nature reserve; please be aware of tidal conditions if visiting this area.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring/summer for birds and flowers
About the reserve
Follow the Wales Coast Path under the airy canopy of this coastal ash woodland, which also contains rare whitebeam trees, oak, birch and aspen. In spring, the dappled sunlight illuminates the whites and yellows of wood anemones and primroses on the woodland floor, racing to flower before the trees fully awaken and cast them into shade. The varied canopy of the site creates the perfect habitat for an array of woodland birds; listen out for the melodic song of the blackcap and the high-pitched calls of the beautiful greyand-orange nuthatch. These typical woodland sounds are punctuated by the sharp ‘kleep’ cry of passing oystercatchers and the repetitive call of the redshank, as they make their way along the shores of the Menai Strait.
Natural woodland regeneration is the aim here. The Wildlife Trust undertake very limited coppicing to make the woodland as diverse as possible, leaving dead wood to benefit invertebrates.
Did you know?
Nantporth was once a limestone quarry. The Wales Coast Path follows the undulations of the former spoil heaps and the old workings can still be seen if you look carefully amongst the ferns and mosses.
If travelling by car use the northern entrance. Turn off the A5 at the edge of Upper Bangor onto Siliwen Road, before taking Evelyn or Gorad Roads on the Left. Park on or around Hwfa Road (SH 575 724) and follow Gorad Road on foot toward the Menai Strait. The Wales Coast Path leads you into the reserve itself (SH 573 725). The southerly entrance can be reached via the Wales Coast Path adjacent to Bangor City Football ground.