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Goodwick moor nature reserve

Goodwick Moor Nature Reserve Reopens to the Public

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After a 6 year closure, Goodwick Moor Nature Reserve has reopened showcasing a new 500m long boardwalk and new wildlife pond.

The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales managed reserve was closed to the public in 2016 after damage and disturbance to wildlife caused by motorbikes, cyclists and dogs off the lead. In the week before it closed, horse riders were also seen using the boardwalk resulting in further damage to the boardwalk. The Wildlife Trust’s reserves manager Nathan Walton said that the reserve ‘did not get the respect it needed from a number of different users making it unsafe for general use, and dogs off the lead led to unacceptable levels of disturbance to wildlife, particularly to ground-nesting birds.’ Signs asking owners to keep dogs on leads had been frequently removed.

Mr Walton continues ‘we are delighted to announce the reopening of Goodwick Moor Nature Reserve with a new 500m boardwalk following a slightly shorter route than the previous boardwalk. This new route avoids the more sensitive wildlife areas and also leads walkers past a newly created wildlife pond benefiting birdlife, amphibians, invertebrates and aquatic plants.’

The site is promoted as a nature reserve with access for people to enjoy. Dogs are requested to be on a lead at all times if on the reserve. The new boardwalk material is recycled plastic and should last for many decades if not abused.

The boardwalk and pond created at Goodwick Moor were fully funded by a Welsh Government Local Places for Nature grant to the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership which is hosted by Pembrokeshire County Council. Delivery of the project at the reserve was a joint endeavor by the Wildlife Trust and Pembrokeshire County Council. Aethne Cooke of the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership states ‘the value of Goodwick Moor Nature Reserve to the local community cannot be over-stated. It is an important area for nature situated within walking distance and sight of Fishguard and Goodwick towns. We are pleased to have been in a position to avail of Welsh Government funding to enable renewed access to the reserve so that people can immerse themselves in the natural wetland environment. We are also grateful to the Council for their advice and guidance in project delivery

The reserve is situated below the A40 trunk road between Goodwick and Fishguard with access along a public right of way from the A40 (Grid Reference: SM 94898 37541) beside the Seaview Hotel in Goodwick.

For further information, contact Nathan Walton, Reserves Manager West and Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire (

Notes to editors

Goodwick Moor is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council and is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales as a nature reserve on a long-term lease basis: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales -

Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership - Many organizations work together in Pembrokeshire to maintain and improve local natural features and together they form the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership. The Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership builds on existing partnerships and initiatives and also develops new networks and mechanisms to deliver nature conservation in Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership is hosted by Pembrokeshire County Council.

Welsh Government Local Places for Nature grant is a 100% capital grant distributed through Local Nature Partnerships in Wales.