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About Us

 

Bargoed Natural Burials is a business owned and managed by Keith Hall with assistance from his mother, Sally Hall. The burial site is at Allt-y-Garreg woodland and is part of the family farm, some 180 acres of land which has been managed mainly for wildlife for nearly thirty years. The creation of a natural burial site was considered to be an appropriate way of helping to safeguard the land for wildlife habitat for the future, as well as following on with their ethos of helping to protect the environment. The natural burial site is on two of four fields that were planted with over eighteen thousand indigenous trees in 2012. The trees surround circular wildflower meadows. Sally did a lot of the planting herself with assistance from Keith and Brynmor Dafys, our woodland manager.

 

For well over fifty years Sally has been a keen environmentalist and passionate about wildlife. She regularly monitors flora and fauna on the farm, reporting results to the BTO, Garden Moth Scheme, Butterfly Conservation, RSPB and WWBIC.  She co-founded the Association for Environmental Conscious Building in 1989. Keith was brought up to respect and protect the environment and our precious flora and fauna. They live a low impact lifestyle at the farmhouse. This was completely renovated in 1994 using high levels of insulation and safe, healthy materials. It is run on renewable power (solar, wind and water).

VISITING THE SITE

When visiting the site please bear in mind that it is a nature reserve. It can be a bit muddy and wet in places so please wear suitable footwear. Unfortunately, at the current time, it is not suitable for wheelchairs, unless they are an all-terrain type. Dogs are welcome on leads but please ensure you clear up after them. If you would like us to show you around the site and answer any questions you have please  telephone to make an appointment.

List of species

 

The list below is species we have seen on the site over the last ten years. If you visit and see anything that is not on the list please do let us know.

Mammals

Birds

Badger

Bank vole

Field vole

Fox

Rabbit

Hare

Grey squirrel

Long-eared bat

Pipistrelle

Stoat

Weasel

Wood mouse

Common shrew

Yellow-necked mouse

Trees

Pedunculate oak

Beech

Rowan

Holly

Wild Cherry

Spindle

Guelder Rose

Elder

Downy Birch

Hazel

Hawthorn

Ash

Field Maple

Small Leaf Lime

Dogwood

Alder Buckthorn and Sea Buckthorn

Aspen poplar

Wild Pear

Willow

Crab Apple

Sycamore

Beech

Horse chestnut

Yew

Scots pine

Spruce

Pheasant

Swift

Cuckoo

Woodpigeon

Woodcock

Snipe

Black-backed Gull

Sparrowhawk

Red kite

Buzzard

Tawny owl

Barn owl

Greater spotted woodpecker

Jay

Magpie

Jackdaw

Carrion crow

Raven

Coal tit

Blue tit

Willow tit

Great tit

Long tailed tit

Swallow

Willow warbler

Chiffchaff

Blackcap

Garden warbler

Whitethroat

Wheatear

Goldcrest

Wren

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Starling

Blackbird

Song thrush

Mistle thrush

Fieldfare

Redwing

Robin

Stonechat

Dunnock

House sparrow

Grey wagtail

Piedewagtail

Meadow pipit

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Goldfinch

Linnet