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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.

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