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Cwm Idwal was the first officially recognised National Nature Reserve in Wales; it was given this status by the Nature Conservancy Council in 1954. Along with Cadair Idris, Cwm Idwal was a favourite haunt of Charles Darwin.

 

Arthog Bog is located between Dolgellau and Fairbourne and is a small wetland and a wonderful place to see weird and wonderful plants, flowers, butterflies and birds.

 

Craig y Cilau is of interest to the industrial archaeologist and landscape historian as much as to the naturalist.

 

Coed Rheidol is situated about 12 miles east of Aberystwyth. It occupies parts of both banks of the Afon Rheidol, upstream, and the south bank downstream of Devil's Bridge. This is a magnificent stretch of ancient sessile oak woodland,

In or near Devil's Bridge

 

RSPB Carngafallt in the Elan Valley is a wonderful place to see birds or simply enjoy the view. The moorland landscape looks especially colourful in late summer, while spring is the perfect time to come and see migrant birds.

 

The Conwy RSPB nature reserve is a wetland on the east bank of the Conwy estuary, home to a variety of wildlife, and a great place to introduce families to nature.

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The Valley Wetlands, formerly known as Valley Lakes, is a wonderful nature reserve in Anglesey which gives you the opportunity to see wildfowl all year round.

 

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

 

Cors Caron is a vast wetland near Tregaron. The huge raised peat bogs and surrounding habitats support a wealth of wildlife. Accessible boardwalk over bog to hide, and Sustrans National Cycle route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

 

Stunning estuary and huge sand dunes 14 miles from Aberystwyth. Ynyslas Visitor Centre has exhibition about Dyfi National Nature Reserve, shop and refreshments. Walking trails through dunes and along seashore.

 

You'll find South Stack Cliffs on Holy Island in Anglesey, a wonderful reserve made up of heathland and farmland set on a stretch of dramatic sea cliffs.

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Enjoy a walk through enchanting alder and oak woodland, past fast-flowing, spectacular rivers. This reserve is set in the heart of the beauty of the Cambrian Mountains.

 

Cadair Idris is a spectacular mountain reserve in Southern Snowdonia of over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape, rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge.

 

This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, but is a great place for people too with a RSPB visitor centre, a café, shop and children's play area.

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RSPB Cors Ddyga lies within one of the largest lowland wetlands in Wales. The lakes, ponds and ditches host more than 30 scarce wetland plantsand the reserve is a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

 

The Denmark Farm Conservation Trust near Lampeter is a unique conservation centre pioneering the restoration of biodiversity to Britain's farmed countryside.

In or near Lampeter

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The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is a wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. You can wonder from oak woodlands to salt marsh with views across the Dyfi estuary. Perfect for nature lovers & families wishing to discover their wild side.

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The Dyfi Valley opens wide as it approaches the Cardigan Bay Coast and ends in sandy beaches and dunes. It cradles the westerly spur of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, and the southern rim of Snowdonia National Park.

In or near Machynlleth