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Reservoirs attract 100,000 in first 9 weeks

North Cardiff’s latest visitor attraction is celebrating a successful opening season, welcoming over 100,000 visitors in its first nine weeks.

Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs opened to the public in July 2023 as a hub for health and wellbeing and a haven for wildlife. It offers a range of water and land activities and a café with views across the water.

Built in the late-19th century, Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs are a Victorian landmark – covering 110 acres of green and blue space and home to amazing flora and fauna. The site is a unique natural resource of significant ecological value, encompassing two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for waxcap fungi and overwintering birds.

Head ranger Owain Manuel said: “Visitors to Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs can see a wide variety of mushrooms at different times and at different locations around the reservoirs. When we get into the height of the waxcap season in November, visitors will be able to spot them along the reservoir banks across most of the site. There should be a prevalent display of Scarlet, Crimson, Snowy, Butter, Golden, Meadow and Parrot waxcaps.

“It is important that we protect this rare and special species and the site’s SSSI status and therefore we ask visitors to keep to the paths and not to stand on grass to take pictures, so that the sensitive fruiting bodies aren’t trampled on and to prevent the underground fungal structures becoming damaged through compaction and erosion.”

Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs opens Monday – Sunday from 9am. During the winter months (29 October 2023 – 30 March 2024), all pedestrian entrances to the site, apart from Lisvane Road, will shut at 4pm. The Café and Visitor Centre will close at 4.30pm (Lisvane Road main gate and car park will shut at 5pm).

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