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Brief description of site

The site comprises around 14 hectares of land in Butetown, Cardiff. Much of the park is playing fields and open grassland crossed by broad, metalled pathways, screened from the Butetown Link Road by earth bunds which have been planted with trees. The Cardiff Bay Wetlands nature reserve is located south and east of the Butetown Link Road. Good views of the wetlands and the bay are afforded from the boardwalk, which is also a good place for bird watching. Features include the sandstone sculpture 'Cader Idris' by William Pye and a seat called 'Ship in a Bottle' by Melissa Gibbs.

Brief history of site

Until the closure of Cardiff Bay Barrage in 1999, which created a 198 hectare freshwater lake, the area comprised salt marsh and inter-tidal mud flats. Much of the area has since been raised with inert fill to create a park, whilst the southernmost part has been converted to a freshwater wetland nature reserve.

Location information:

Address: Clarence Embankment, Butetown, CF10 5UY

Locality: Cardiff

Local Authorities:

Cardiff; Butetown

Historical County: Glamorgan

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 171 Grid Ref: ST188741
Latitude: 51.46 Longitude: -3.17017

Directions:

Cardiff Bus Service 1 (from City Centre direction), 2 (from Grangetown & Canton direction) & 8 pass the northern end of Clarence Embankment. Services 1 & 2, 11 & 35 stop at Mermaid Quay and/or Techniquest close to the wetlands area.
The nearest train station is Cardiff Bay at the south end of Bute Street.
There is a Water Bus stop on Clarence Embankment.
There is usually (free) parking space on Hamadryad Road and there is a pay and display car park on Havannah Street, close to St. David's Hotel.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: nature reserve

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 2002 to 2006

Main period of development: Early 21st century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 14

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