Large Holiday Cottage, Sleeps 10, Self Catering, Aberystwyth, West Wales
Large, Holiday Cottage, Aberystwyth, West Wales

Wildlife and Nature

Cors Caron

At just over two thousand acres, Cors Caron fills the valley of the upper Teifi river between Tregaron and Pontrhydfendigaid. It’s hard to miss this magnificent reserve in this part of Wales. Great for bird spotters with two hides and boardwalks out onto the bog.   


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. Former BBC Springwatch location.


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, enjoyed by around quarter of a million people every year.

Ynyslas dunes are remarkable. They are still growing, day by day, millimetre by millimetre, providing a home for many rare plants and insects. When you visit, you can see the process taking place. Earth, sea and wind in action. In the summer, the sand dunes are transformed into a colourful carpet of wild flowers and are especially renowned for their rare orchids. 

And then there's the submerged forest ... the remains of tree trunks which appear at low tide, from the days when the shingle ridge was further out to sea. This could be part of the inspiration for the famous story of the lost land of Cantre'r Gwaelod.

Birds to see:

Stonechats, linnets and larks can be found in the older dunes. Listen for the larks' stream of notes high up in the air. The estuary is home to many wading birds - the shelduck, with its bright green head and chestnut patch on its chest is amongst the most colourful.
Parts of the dunes may be roped off in spring and early summer to protect rare ring plover eggs, which are laid directly on the sand.

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

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.

Ceredigion Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves in Ceredigion

Ceredigion has 20 nature reserves managed by the Wildlife Trust, including many beautiful woodlands, such as the spectacular upland oak woodland Coed Simdde Lwyd, and the ancient semi-natural woodlands of Nanteos. 

A Bay to Remember

Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and a variety of bird life, together with a stunningly beautiful coastline and spectacular sea caves make Cardigan Bay truly a bay to remember. A Bay To Remember is a small family run business, where the emphasis is on providing families or enthusiasts with a safe and enjoyable experience all year round.

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

The visitor centre is free to enter and is open seven days a week between April and November. The facilities include interpretative and interactive displays showcasing the huge variety of marine wildlife found in Cardigan Bay, including an aquarium full of rock pool species. The exhibits provide information on different themes such as the dolphins, seals and birds which can be spotted locally, the geology of the area and important issues surrounding pollution and sustainable fishing. There’s also information on how people can help protect the area and a sightings board which is updated daily with the latest local sightings, weather and tide information. At the visitor centre you can also purchase tickets for a Dolphin Survey Boat Trip. 

Welsh Wildlife Centre, nr Cardigan

A wonderful opportunity to watch over-wintering birds, wetland birds, shy mammals and gorgeous flowers in spring and summer. Species you may see include otter, kingfisher, bittern, hen harrier, lapwing, curlew, brown hairstreak butterfly and hornet robber-fly.

A place where families can really slow down, but have so much fun together; immersed in an unspoilt natural setting, where there are so many habitats to explore all in one place, on foot or by bike. A great family day out; with both indoor and outdoor activities, an ever changing list of events to join in on and so much information to help you get the most out of your visit. Fabulous food focussing on local specialities high up in the Glasshouse Café looking out right across the wildlife reserve; and a gift shop for mementos or things to try out at home to support wildlife.

News & What's On


Aberystwyth Cycling 
28 May - 5 June 2022
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Royal Welsh Show
18 - 21 July 2022
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National Eisteddfod
30 July - 6 August 2022
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"This is a spacious, comfy and cosy house for big parties. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, a real haven in bad weather, of which there was a lot in our week at Bryn Bach. Luckily going back to the house for lunch was a pleasure and at least we saw some great waterfalls! The welcome provisions were much appreciated, as was the games room in the evenings."

- Oct 2021


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