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RSPB Lake Vyrnwy

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family. Nature Reserve, Sculpture Park, Wild Play Area, fantastic waterfalls and open countryside, walking trails and children's activities.

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RSPB Ynys-Hir

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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Craig  y Cilau

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

 
The Wye at Nannerth

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

 
Cadair Idris Nature Reserve

The Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve is renowned for its striking geology and wildlife. The Minffordd Path to the summit of Cadair Idris is a popular route that leads through the Reserve.

 
RSPB Dyfi Nature Reserve

UNESCO has designated the area in and around the Dyfi estuary, Aberystwyth and surroundings as a Biosphere Reserve – a special place, internationally recognised and one of only six in the UK

In or near Machynlleth

 
Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

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.

 
stackpole nature reserve

Stackpole is both a listed designed landscape and an internationally important National Nature Reserve. Footpaths radiate from the site of Stackpole Court, a grand mansion demolished before the National Trust owned this area.

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Dyfi Biosphere

The Dyfi Biosphere is part of a network of UNESCO 'Biosphere Reserves' throughout the world where information and experiences can be shared and new ideas explored. Others include the Central Amazon, Niagara Escarpment and Gran Canaria!

In or near Machynlleth

 
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve

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.

 
Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve

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.

 
RSPB Carngafallt

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.

 
Daudraeth Illtud Nature Reserve

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

 
Bailey Einon

The site is shown as a woodland in the 1840 tithe map, with a small orchard near the kissing gate. The woodland is managed as a combination of high forest and coppice-with-standards.

In or near Llandrindod Wells

 
RSPB Ramsey Island

Ramsey Island is a beautiful, unspoilt RSPB Nature Reserve with a large variety of visiting and breeding birds. Boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Wales you can see spectacular breeding colonies of nesting seabirds.

 
Roundton Hill

From the top of Roundton Hill it's easy to see why an Iron Age hillfort was once sited here - the vantage point offers great viewing across the surrounding countryside. In later years miners worked the hill for lead and barites.

 
RSPB Cwm Clydach

The RSPB Cwm Clydach Reserve is north of the A4067 Pontardawe to Swansea road. Two nature trails, one short, the other of medium length, link onto a network of public footpaths.

 
Pwll y Wrach Nature Reserve

This is a splendidly atmospheric wood, with all the wildlife that one associates with the best of this habitat. The surfaced all-ability path descends only very gently through the trees clinging to the valley side.