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We deliver research on the health of people and ecosystems along the urban rivers of South East Wales.

The Taff and Ely Observatory envelops multiple projects, from NERC Red-ALERT PhD research in the 'living lab' to major projects across various disciplines. The Taff and Ely Observatory is an opportunity to connect with partners and share knowledge.

Professor Steve Ormerod conducting field work in river


The Taff and Ely Observatory is a key source of evidence on river ecosystems with urban, industrial and agricultural influences.

Cycleway bridge on River Taff. This bridge is on the Lady Windsor Colliery Cycleway a branch off the Taff Trail and goes up the isolated valley of the Clydach to Ynysybwl, local youths regularly swim under this bridge.

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