Nature & Science

At Between The Trees we invite you to experience nature with interactive science activities and debate.

(If you would like to get involved and exhibit your own science based activity then please contact us at science@betweenthetrees.co.uk)

Listen to talks by naturalists and scientists. Watch films about nature conservation and engage with science workshops delivered by academics, professionals and enthusiasts.

Investigate the microscopic world of insects, plants, fungi and pond life at the Micrographia tent.

Learn about the wonderful, rare and varied flora & fauna of adjacent Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve, one of Wales’ Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The SSSI status of the area has come about from its unique combination of a comparatively warm sunny site, lots of nectar from wildflowers and easy-to-burrow-into sandy soils, creating an ideal home for a wide range of moths, butterflies, reptiles and mammals. These unique conditions also allow the reserve to be home to a huge variety of plant life with habits including diverse grassland, woodland and saltmarsh areas. Interestingly the woodland site is also home to a family of fallow deer and a pair of nesting Goshawks, if you are fortunate you may happen upon them.

The Grizzled Skipper. Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve is one of the last remaining places in the UK that you can still see this rare and beautiful butterfly.