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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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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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.

 

Cadair Idris is a spectacular mountain reserve in Southern Snowdonia of over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape, rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge.

 

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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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

 

Created from a gravel pit, quarried to provide material for the creation of the Welshpool bypass, Llyn Coed y Dinas is a fantastic home for all sorts of wildlife.

 

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

 

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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A former railway line and tunnel with young woodland and remnants of flower rich grassland.

 

The sessile oak wood at Allt Rhyd y Groes near Llandovery hangs onto the steep north-east facing slope of a hillside. Part wooded and part open, the Reserve takes in craggy heathland, grassland, and tumbling streams.

 

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.

 

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'.