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:

As of August 2021, there are four sites inscribed on the World Heritage List within Wales:

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!

Aspiring Geoparks

Aspiring Geoparks not presently being members of the European Geopark or Global Geopark networks:

Other areas

There are two other areas in the UK which were once members of the EGN but now operate independently:

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.