1 Four very separate locations, commencing with the Rheidol, where Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Dipper occur, Common Sandpipers and hirundines are present throughout the summer. Goosander are possible while Llyn-yr-oerfa, just to the north, is a regular winter haunt of this duck, first proved to nest in the county in 1975.
2 It really is worth the climb through Coed Simdde Lwyd, not just for the exercise and finally the great views from the top, but the pleasure of woodland birds. Residents include Wren, Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper and Bullfinch,while Tree Pipit, Redstart, Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher are visitors. 3 Spring and early summer is one of the best times to visit the Rheidol Valley woodlands, carpets of Bluebells, Primroses and violets, while later on look for Yellow Pimpernel and the Welsh Poppy. Ceredigion has more Red Kites than any other Welsh county, so you should see several or more soaring above. Look for Buzzards soaring overhead, too.
4 Well away from the main access points is Parson’s Bridge, a remote section of the gorge with ancient mossy trees largely untouched by man and once more supporting a good range of birds to see, which include wintering Woodcock.