Walking with wildlife at Lanlay
Lanlay in the Vale of Glamorgan is a place of vibrant hay meadows and sweet-scented Rhos pasture, making it a haven for wildlife and a tranquil retreat for people.
Dense hedgerows, long grasses, veteran trees and winding river banks combine to make Lanlay a wonderful place for birds.
From kingfishers darting along the banks of the River Ely to buzzards swooping overhead, woodpeckers delving into old oaks to a variety of songbirds flitting from bush to hedgerow, these meadows are worth visiting at any time of year.
Hay meadows are made special by the simply spectacular display of wildflowers in late spring and early summer, before the hay is cut.
The wildflowers at Lanlay make this small patch of land a big draw for all kinds of insects and bugs. A huge number of butterflies call these fields home – from meadow brown to speckled wood and peacock to gatekeeper. And bees and other insects provide your soundtrack to lazy summer days.
Other wildlife to look out for includes bats, Lizards and small mammals. And if you’re really lucky, you might even catch sight of an otter in and around the river.
Wildlife watching takes patience, so spread out a blanket in the shade of an old oak or perch on the river bank with the water rushing beneath your feet and you’ll find you can while away hours in this corner of the countryside. Lose yourself in the long grass with a picnic and you’ll feel a world away.
Fancy a walk?
Whether you have 20 minutes or an hour, if you’re walking the dog or wandering with friends, Lanlay is the perfect escape. Two routes meander through the meadows and along the river.
This gentle walk around the meadows takes in the best of the place and boardwalks help you over the wettest areas so you can enjoy everything Lanlay has to offer.