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The Victorian dam

Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family. Nature reserve, Victorian dam, Sculpture Park, Wild Playground, children's activities, waterfalls, walking trails and stunning scenery all year round.

Visit Wales VAQAS

 
Craig  y Cilau

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

In or near Crickhowell

 
Ynys-hir

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. Located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Ynys-hir has miles of trails, 7 view hides and has been awarded Ramsar, Natura 2000 and SSSI status.

 
Amazing Star Trails - by hjhettchen

Skomer is an enchanting island with just about everything an island nature reserve should include. It is the second largest island in Wales, after Anglesey, and one of the most important wildlife sites in Europe.

 
Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve

This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city covering over 438 hectares from Uskmouth to Goldcliff, the reedbeds, saline lagoons, wet grassland and scrub, have attracted a wealth of wetland birds.

In or near Newport City

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

In or near Brecon

 
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.

 
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

 
Cors Caron

Cors Caron is one of the two remaining large remnants of active raised bog in Wales and is an important refuge for plants, insects, birds and mammals. The bog covers a huge area of around 816 acres and is 6km in length.

 
Gower Coast National Nature Reserve

This nature reserve has a lovely beach served by a good path from the car park. The tidal island of Worm's Head and the south-facing cliffs on the mainland that are home to some very special plants, birds and other wildlife.

In or near Swansea

 
Oxwich Nature Reserve

Oxwich supports a huge variety of wildlife and is protected as the Oxwich Bay SSSI and the Gower Ash Woodlands SAC.It has a mosaic of different habitats including dune slacks and limestone cliffs.

 
Dyfi Biosphere

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

 
Snowdon National Nature Reserve

The Snowdon National Nature reserve covers a massive 1,671 hectares, and it is home to arctic plants that have survived there since the end of the last glaciation approximately 12,000 years ago.

In or near Llanberis

 
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

 
Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending form the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

In or near Harlech

 
RSPB Mawddach Valley - Arthog Bog

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.

In or near Arthog