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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

 
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  y Cilau

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

 
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

 
RSPB Lake Vyrnwy

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.

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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.

 
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.

 
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

 
RSPB 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.

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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 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.

 
Coed Pendugwm

Majestic sessile oaks have nurtured this quiet corner of Wales for over 400 years providing leafy cover for plants and animals and creating a 'wild wood'.

 
Morfa Dyffryn Nature Reserve

The spectacular Morfa Dyffryn Reserve stretches for about 4.5 miles along the coast of Cardigan Bay from Afon Ysgethin in the south to Afon Artro in the north.

In or near Dyffryn Ardudwy

 
National Botanic Garden of Wales

Waun Las National Nature Reserve lies adjacent to the north & east side of the formal area of the National Botanic Garden. Occupying over 150 hectares of countryside, it has been managed as an organic farm for the past 10 years.

In or near Carmarthen

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Burfa Bog

Dominating the eastern side of the Burfa Bog reserve is a motte and bailey castle dating from around the early twelfth century. The large mound (`tump') is kept clear of vegetation.

 
Carmel Nature Reserve

Carmel National Nature Reserve near Llandeilo is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales; it comprises a mosaic of habitats with a distinct patchwork pattern of woodland blocks with intervening grassland rides.

 
Glaslyn Nature Reserve

Glaslyn is Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s biggest nature reserve, an integral part of the Cambrian Mountains.

In or near Machynlleth

 
Cefn Cenarth

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.