Ceredigion's countryside is a haven for wildlife with moorland, woodland, rivers and quiet lanes lined with flower filled hedgerows providing great habitats and opportunities to spot birds and other wildlife. Simply go for a walk, visit one of our many and varied nature reserves or wildlife centres, or let our local guides and experts show you the best on walks, talks and tours. See our top tips for enjoying Ceredigion's countryside and wildlife below.
Flower filled verges
Hedgerows are the typical field boundaries of Ceredigion, usually formed of earth banks topped with hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn hedges. Many lanes are also lined with beech hedges and trees, whilst field boundaries in the southern part of Ceredigion often includes 'golden chain' laburnum.
Flowers typical of many of our verges include yellow primroses and celandines, the whites of wood anemone, stitchwort or cow parsley, and pink and blue of red campion, foxgloves and bluebells. Look out too for cuckoopints and early purple orchid. On steeper banks and upland verges harebell and sheep's bit scabious flourish, along with bilberries and heather.
Many birds, including bullfinch and yellowhammer nest and feed in hedges, lizards live in gaps in the banks and walls below the hedge whilst high above, on telephone poles, buzzards perch to survey the surrounding lanes and fields.
Many of Ceredigion's broadleaved woodland are at least 500 years old in origin, with sessile oak, birch, rowan and hazel as well as a variety of mosses, fern and lichens enjoying the pure air and cool shade. Coed Einion at Eglwysfach and Coed Rheidol woods and gorge in the Rheidol Valley are both Special Areas of Conservation under European law.
Bluebells carpet Ceredigion's valley slopes in spring. Visit sites such Pant Teg woods and the Llanercheron estate in the Aeron valley, Longwood community woodland near Lampeter, Old Warren Hill and Nanteos woods in the Ystwyth valley, and Parc Penglais, a nature reserve at the heart of Aberystwyth town to name but a few, but you'll find bluebells in most woods across the county.
Smell wild garlic in riverside glades in spring, refresh your tongue with the taste of wood sorrel or wild strawberries and raspberries in summer, and feast your eyes on the colourful displays of foliage and fungi in autumn.
Woodlands birds include pied flycatcher, redstart, jay, long-tailed tit, nuthatch, woodpeckers and warblers as well as buzzards and ravens.
Hares can sometimes be seen in fields at the edge of woodland. Look out for deer near Llechryd in the Teifi Valley, and the woods of the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains provide shelter for small populations of pine marten, and even red squirrels.
Top 10 tips for enjoying Ceredigion's countryside
Here are our top tips on how to enjoy the best of Ceredigion's wildlife: