Kenfig National Nature Reserve - Visitor Attraction - Bridgend, Wales, Great Britain.
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N 51° 30.928 W 003° 43.721
30U E 449437 N 5707400
Quick Description: Kenfig National Nature Reserve - Includes Kenfig Pool the largest freshwater lake in South Wales. The reserve has extensive sand dune habitats for wildlife. Located near Porthcawl, Wales.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 8:58:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMGW12
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Tharandter
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Long Description:
"Kenfig National Nature Reserve - This NNR is one of Wales' top sand-dune reserves, with all the special plants, birds and insects that depend on this type of coastal habitat for their suvival. Situated on the edge of the reserve is Kenfig Pool, Glamorgan's largest lake." Text Source: (visit link)

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"Kenfig Pool is a National Nature Reserve situated near Porthcawl, Bridgend. Wild storms and huge tides between the 13th and 15th centuries are mainly responsible for creating the Kenfig dunes near Porthcawl, as they threw vast quantities of sand up over the Glamorgan coast. This buried the nearby borough of Kenfig, and its castle, of which only the tower is still visible. The largest freshwater lake in south Wales, Kenfig Pool, lies at the heart of the National Nature Reserve and is a valuable stopping point for migrating birds. The lake's maximum depth is about 12 feet. An island, built by the aristocrats living in nearby Margam to encourage wildfowl (which they would shoot) to nest there, has long since sunk beneath the waters.

There are several theories about how the pool was formed. An old, yet popular theory claims that the lake was created during a "sinking of the land" in a massive earthquake, but has since been rejected as downright bizarre. Recently, a paper written at Cardiff University claims that before the spreading of the sand dunes, the River Kenfig flowed southward, its natural mouth being near Sker Rocks at the south end of Kenfig beach, and that the pool was a remainder of this. A more likely theory, put forward by researchers in collaboration with the Kenfig Society, also says how the lake was formed. The western boundary of the borough of Kenfig was marked by a stream called the Blaklaak. Although it had by then been covered by the sands, a document dating from 1360 states that it had flowed from the "southern water of Kenfig" (Kenfig Pool) to the "northern water" (most likely the River Kenfig). The Blaklaak was undoubtedly an outlet stream of the lake, which local lore claims is fed by seven springs, although by now these would most likely have dried up." Text Source: (visit link)


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Hours of Operation:
Reserve - Dawn to Dusk Visitor Centre - Daily 9-5.


Admission Prices:
Free


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Half of a day (2-5 hours)

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle or Public Transportation

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