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The main attraction for visitors to Coedydd Aber has long been the reserve’s spectacular waterfall, but the valley is home to a diverse range of habitats, from mixed woodland to grassland.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Set on the South Wales coast, Merthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve, Bridgend is home to the highest dune in Wales, known as the Big Dipper.

 

We have a small private nature reserve on our 200 acre organic farm adjoining the Elan Valley and next to the River Wye. Many birds breed here including redstart, pied flycatcher, barn owl and dipper. Mammals include watervole and badgers.

In or near Rhayader

 

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

 

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

 

Cader/Cadair Idris meaning 'Chair of Idris' from the giant warrior poet of Welsh legend. Rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge cover over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape.

 

The RSPB welcomes you to our shop by the dam, with its wide range of gifts and books, from where you can access nature trails and information about the surrounding countryside.

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Open at all times, by paths off the unfenced road across the common. But keep off the very boggy area of Traeth Bach.

 

A place of international significance dedicated to conservation, horticulture, science, education, leisure and the arts. As a landmark Millennium project, the Garden of Wales links the history of the last millennium with the present.

In or near Carmarthen

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Two areas of upland sessile oak woodland connected by a recently felled conifer plantation now replanted with native broadleaved species. An important place for mosses and lichens.

 

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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Newport Wetlands is a partnership between Natural Resources Wales, Newport City Council and the RSPB. This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city.

In or near Newport City

 

Carngafallt 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 reserve, situated at over 350m above sea level, is one of Wales’ most exhilarating National Nature Reserves, with breathtaking views across South Wales and the Brecon Beacons.

 

The large mound is the remains of a motte and bailey castle, believed to have been built by Cadwallon ap Madog in the 12th century. The woodland is exceptionally important for its ancient pollarded oak trees.