Coedmor National Nature Reserve



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The Coedmor NNR near Cilgerran was established to protect the ancient sessile oak woodland which clings to the steep banks of the lower reaches of the River Teifi. The humid nature of the woods make them a Mecca for mosses, ferns and more than 200 species of lichens. The reserve hosts a wide variety of birdlife, especially summer visitors such as redstart, pied flycatcher and spotted flycatcher. Coedmor is also a good place to hear the great spotted woodpecker, and if you are lucky you may also hear cuckoos. In quieter, shallow parts of the river, grey herons hunt for food. Another special feature of the reserve is its otters. It is unusual to see these shy creatures during the day, but when the river is low, look out for their footprints in muddy margins of the river. Coedmor is also a haven for bats, which roost in the wooded, rocky gorges.

Coedmor National Nature Reserve


About the area

Discover Ceredigion

The name ‘Ceredigion’ takes a bit of explanation. The town of Cardigan gives its name to the surrounding bay, but the county now uses the Welsh word for Cardiganshire – Ceredigion, pronounced with a ‘dig’. Cardigan Bay itself is a large inlet of the Irish Sea and stretches from Bardsey Island to Strumble Head. With many beaches and a unique marine life, it’s the place to come to spot bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and Atlantic grey seals. The area is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), designated under European law to protect its species and habitats. The Ceredigion coastal path is also a major attraction.

Much of the surrounding land is fertile farmland, dotted with towns and seaside resorts such as Fishguard, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Borth, Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Porthmadog. It’s also a section of coast that major rivers flow into, including the Afon Glaslyn, Teifi, Rheidol, Dyfi, Aeron, Dysynni and Mawddach. Historically, the area supported a strong maritime industry. Cardigan was a major hub, once having more than 300 ships registered in its port, seven times as many as Cardiff. Due to being something of a backwater, in many ways this area remains charmingly unspoilt. The nearby heather-clad Preseli Hills are an additional delight.

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