Bookended by Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve to the East and Kenfig Nature Reserve to the West, Porthcawl is the ideal place to visit to get back to the wild. Look out for rare wild fen orchids, adders, lizards, grass snakes and slow worms, and read up on some of the many eerie myths and legends before you go.
At Merthyr Mawr, home to the highest dune in Wales, flints from the Stone Age, burial mounds and pottery from the Bronze Age, hearths from the Iron Age, and Roman tiles have all been discovered. Look out for striking red-caped cinnabar moths from May, followed by equally showy and similarly coloured six-spot burnet moths. Butterflies include grizzled and dingy skippers, dark green fritillaries, small heaths and common and small blues. The warm conditions are also ideal for reptiles including adders, common lizards, grass snakes and slow worms.