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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

 

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.

 

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

 

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 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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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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.

National Trust

 

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

 

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.

 

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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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.

 

The joy of the 120 acre Crafnant Nature Reserve is its atmosphere. You sense the antiquity of the ancient oaks at the northern (Crafnant) end, encrusted in the greys and greens of lichens, mosses, liverworts and the epiphytic ferns.

 

Bishop's Wood Local Nature Reserve is comprised of 46 acres (19 hectares) of woodland & limestone grassland. It was designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 1975, a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 2003 (SSSI)

 

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.

 

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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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.