Llys Nini Animal Centre
A focus for good practice in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.
The Llys Nini Animal Centre is an animal re-homing centre affiliated to the RSPCA. It is located on a large site with a variety of habitats including meadows, ponds and woodlands – including one ancient woodland – and there are a number of trails and walks around the grounds. A recent project saw the Centre transform a rank meadow into a wetland with a series of scrapes and ponds and two holts to encourage otters; they have also grown and planted a living willow maze, a heritage cider orchard, and installed a series of boardwalks made from sustainable timber and recycled plastic to enable disabled access to more of the site. A reed bed system disposes of waste water from the buildings.
The Animal Centre and its 12 charity shops act as reuse and recycling points for unwanted clothing, textiles and bric-a-brac which are either sold to raise funds for Llys Nini, sent to developing countries or used for animal bedding. There is a large solar PV array on the roof of one of the animal houses which provides approximately 50% of the site’s daytime electricity requirements.
Llys Nini encourages educational visits from school and community groups. Visitors are welcome 11am–3.45pm every day, except Wednesday. Much of the site is accessible to disabled visitors. There are toilets and a large car park on site, and there are plans to open a small cafe in the near future.
There are volunteer opportunities with this Trail project.
Location: Pontardulais Road, Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9WB
Main Contact: Sally Hyman, Committee Chair
Telephone: 01792 229435