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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.

Cadair Idris (NRW), Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX

 
Coed Garth Gell

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.

Mawddach Estuary, Southern Snowdonia, LL40 2TA

 
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.

Nannerth Country Holidays, Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA

 
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

Mid Wales, SY20 8ER

 
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!

Dyfi Valley & Coast, Mid Wales, SY20 8SR

 
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.

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid & Fan Frynych NRW, Brecon Beacons, NP8 1LG

 
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.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW), Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UR

 
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.

Eglwysfach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA

 
Aber Corris Nature Reserve

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

Nr Machynlleth, Southern Snowdonia, SY20 9SP

 
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

 
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.

Cors Caron Nature Reserve (NRW), Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JF

 
Dunes at Ynylas Las

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.

Ynyslas National Nature Reserve (NRW), Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

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Craig  y Cilau

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

Craig y Cilau Nature Reserve (NRW), Llangattock, nr Crickhowell, NP8 1LG

 
Llyn Mawr

This 20 acre shallow upland basin is one of the three lakes high on the moors above the Carno valley.

Caersws, Powys, SY17 5NE

 
Bailey Einon

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.

Nr Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5PD

 
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.

Nr Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2SH

 
Roundton Hill

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.

Churchstoke, Powys, SY15 6EL

 
Llanymynech Rocks

Straddling the border between England and Wales, the reserve lies at the southern end of the carboniferous limestone outcrop that stretches from Anglesey and the Great Orme at Llandudno.

Underhill Lane, Pant, SY22 6HD

 
 
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