14.04 ha (34.69 acres)

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Eaglesbush Valley is a steep-sided wooded valley located in the Melincryddan area of Neath. The site, designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in June 2008, is a mix of ancient semi-natural woodland habitats dissected by the Crythan brook. The 11 hectare site is protected as a result of its biodiversity, geological and historical interests. This valley is now mainly dominated by sessile oak, but other trees such as silver birch, ash, blackthorn, holly and alder are present. Beech and sycamore are also present but are not native to this area. Flowers to see will include Lesser Celandine, Wood Sorrel, Bluebells, and in the summer pink-green flowers of the wimberry appear. This woodland attracts a variety of birds such as Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, Coal Tit, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch and Robin, to mention just a few.