Useful links

A selection of websites which may be of interest

Please note that Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Geopark Networks

Fforest Fawr is a member of the UNESCO Global Geopark Network, within which are regional networks such as the European Geoparks Network of which it is also a member.

National organisations

A selection of relevant organisations’ websites:

Local and regional bodies

A selection of relevant organisations’ websites from South Wales:

Local authorities

The Geopark extends across parts of five different unitary authorities, each of which provides a variety of local services, usually including countryside management, museums and tourism.

Educational sites

UNESCO Sites in the UK

World Heritage Sites

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation) designates sites around the world which are deemed to make a significant contribution to mankind’s global heritage.  Three have been designated for their nature and wildlife (including geology) within the UK:

In nearby Blaenavon an industrial landscape originating in man’s exploitation of the geological riches of the area during the 19th century has also gained WHS status:

And in North Wales, the latest addition to the WHS family in the UK, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal, was made in 2009. It joins the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd which was inscribed on the list in 1986.

Man and Biosphere Reserves

The Dyfi Biosphere Reserve in the Machynlleth area of  west mid Wales is worth a visit – designated in 2009, it’s one of 6 in the UK as a whole but it’s the only Welsh one!

Other British Geoparks

Not presently being members of the European Geopark or Global Geopark networks:

Other geological wonders of South & Mid Wales

  • Aberdulais Falls are a few miles down the Vale of Neath from our own ‘Waterfall Country’ – cared for by our Geopark partners, the National Trust.
  • Dolaucothi has been the scene of gold mining since Roman times or earlier – also cared for by the National Trust.
  • Herbert’s Quarry on the Black Mountain is the subject of the Calch project.