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Cors Caron

Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JF, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/corscaron

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.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (14 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

Glandyfi, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR, Tel: 01938 555654, Email, www.montwt.co.uk/reserves/cors-dyfi

The Cors Dyfi reserve is a mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey, which bred on the reserve, for the first time, in 2011.

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Welsh Wildlife Centre
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TB, Tel: 01239 621600, Email, www.welshwildlife.org/visitor-centres/the-welsh-wildlife-centre/

Teifi Marsh is without doubt one of the best wetland reserves in Wales. Enjoy a close encounter with the resident wildlife including the Water Buffalo.

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  • Rail station: Carmarthen (27 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
The Mawddach Trail

Southern Snowdonia, LL40 2TA, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/mawddach-coedgarthgell/

RSPB Mawddach Valley takes in two very different habitats around the Mawddach estuary which are open to the public - the woodland of Coed Garth Gell and the wetland of Arthog Bog.

 
 
 
The Wye at Nannerth

Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA, Tel: 01597 811121, www.nannerth.co.uk

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.

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  • Rail station: Llandrindod Wells (14 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Aber Corris Nature Reserve

Nr Machynlleth, Southern Snowdonia, SY20 9SP, Tel: 01248 351541

This is one of very few areas of ancient broadleaved woodland left in the Corris valley.

 
 
Straining Tower
Visit Wales VAQAS

Llanwddyn, Brynawel, Oswestry , Powys, SY10 0LZ, Tel: 01691 870278, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/l/lakevyrnwy/index.aspx

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, event programme and stunning scenery all year round.

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (22 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Cadair Idris Nature Reserve

Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/cadairidris

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.

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  • Rail station: Tywyn (10 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UR, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/morfaharlech

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.

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  • Rail station: Harlech (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Dyfi Biosphere

Mid Wales, SY20 8ER, Tel: 01654 703695, Email, www.biosfferdyfi.org.uk

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

 
 
Ynyslas Nature Reserve
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/dyfiynyslas

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

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  • Rail station: Borth (2 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
RSPB - Ynyshir Nature Reserve
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Eglwysfach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA, Tel: 01654 700222, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/y/ynys-hir/index.aspx

A beautiful location for a relaxing walk overlooking the Dyfi estuary. Ynys-hir mixes Welsh oak woodland, saltmarshes and wet grassland. We have miles of trails and 7 viewing hides.

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  • Rail station: Dovey Junction (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Pools at RSPB Ynys-hir
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Eglwysfach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA, Tel: 01654 700222, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/y/ynys-hir/index.asp

In the spring, the ground is carpeted in flowers, and birdsong fills the air. Summer brings wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks, and some very special butterflies too. Then in the colder months, ducks and geese move in.

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  • Rail station: Dovey Junction (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Craig  y Cilau

Llangattock, nr Crickhowell, NP8 1LG, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email

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

 
 
Dyfi Biosphere

Mid Wales, SY20 8SR, Tel: 01654 703 965, Email, www.dyfibiosphere.wales/

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!

 
 
 
Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

Brecon Beacons, NP8 1LG, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email

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.

 
 
 
Bailey Einon

Nr Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5PD

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.

 
 
 
Roundton Hill

Churchstoke, Powys, SY15 6EL, Tel: 01938 555654, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (12 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
 
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