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Ceredigion

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Ceredigion is a county in Mid Wales. In the Middle Ages, it was a minor kingdom also known for a time as Seisyllwg and it began to be administered as a county in 1282. This historic county was abolished in 1974 before being reconstituted in 1996 under the Welsh name Ceredigion.

It had a population of 75,900 at the 2011 UK census. Its largest town, Aberystwyth, is one of the two administrative centres; the other being Aberaeron. Aberystwyth houses Aberystwyth University, Bronglais Hospital and the National Library of Wales. The inland town of Lampeter houses part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

The county is mainly rural with a low coastal strip along the margins of Cardigan Bay surrounded by a mountainous hinterland. There are a number of sandy beaches linked by the long-distance Ceredigion Coast Path. More than half the population speak the Welsh language and the county is considered a centre of Welsh culture.

The economy became almost completely dependent on dairying and the rearing of livestock, which were sent to the English market. During the last century or so, livestock farming has become less profitable, and the population of Cardiganshire has been in decline as people emigrated to more prosperous parts of Wales and elsewhere. More recently, the population has started rising again as elderly people move into the county for retirement, and various government and European Union initiatives have encouraged tourism and other alternative sources of income.

For birders it is probably best known for Tregaron Bog in the South East, which was Wales best Kite hotspot, although with the widespread re-introduction scheme across the UK this is less of a draw than it once was.

Apart from the top sites in the section below, the following offer some terrific birding: New Quay (a few breeding auks & gulls; seawatching; dolphins/porpoises). Aberaeron (seawatching [dolphins/porpoises], etc.) Devil's Bridge [Nr Aberystwyth] (raptors - inc Kites - etc.) Clarach [Nr Aberystwyth] (seawatching, etc.) Ynyslas [nr Borth] (W-f Geese, waders; seawatching, etc.).

Top Sites

Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog)

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Cors Caron covers an area of approximately 862 acres (349 ha). It represents the most intact surviving example of a raised bog landscape in the United Kingdom. About 44 different species groups inhabit the area including various land and aquatic plants, fish, insects, crustaceans, lichen, fungi, terrestrial mammals and birds.

Ynys-hir RSPB

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Just off the A487, North of Aberystwyth, six miles South of Machynlleth. An unusual RSPB reserve in that it combines a western woodland, with all the associated birds [see Dinas, above] with a wetland: Breeding R-b Mergansers, Goosanders, Shelduck, Canada and Greylag Geese [feral], a few [declining] waders, etc.. Winter: Greenland White-fronted Geese, a few Whoopers; ducks and waders galore. Uncommon migrants regular; rarities from time to time; Kites increasing. Nearby Borth Bog [SN 620 910] is also well worth a visit, especially in winter.

Contributor

Eric Wydenbach

County Recorder

Russell Jones

Bron y Gan, Talybont, Ceredigion, SY24 5ER

07753 774891

russell.jones@rspb.org.uk

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 292

Guides & Tour Operators

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Mid-Wales Birdwatching Holidays

Tour Operator

In 2009 we will be celebrating our 13th year. During last year a record number of guests enjoyed our holidays and some excellent bird watching increased the Bird List to 180. The reason why we have become so successful is that Mid Wales Birdwatching Holidays offer a unique combination…

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

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Marine Hotel & Restaurant - Aberystwyth

Accommodation

A spacious comfortable hotel, situated on the promenade of Aberystwyth. The hotel offers a magnificent view of Cardigan Bay, with a high percentage of it's bedrooms overlooking the bay. Our bedrooms are bath or shower en-suite, equipped with colour T.V., Tea & Coffee making facilities, Direct Telephone, Baby listening service, Automatic Wake Up Service and Hairdryers. The hotel offers Four Poster bedrooms and also Bridal Suites. Local attractions include golfing, fishing, sailing, pony trekking, bird watching, large indoor leisure centre, silver-lead mines and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Red Kite Cottages

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Hen Ysgubor (The Old Barn) is a beautifully renovated barn in the heart of Wales providing comfortable 4 Star (awarded by Visit Wales) self catering holiday accommodation for a family or a group of friends. Located in a small hamlet in the magnificent Cambrian Mountains, it provides an ideal base for walking, cycling, fishing, bird-watching…

Organisations

The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

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The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK. We are the fourth largest in area, covering from Cardiff and Caerphilly in the east to Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in the west, and include 3 of the West Wales islands amongst our 90 or so nature reserves - Nature Centre, Parc Slip, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF32 0EH…

Reserves

Ceredigion Nature Reserves

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Ceredigion has 20 nature reserves which are managed the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales. We do this with the help of volunteers who are guided and supported by Em Foot the Wildlife Trust Officer.

Ynys-hir RSPB

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Our recent land acquisition is being managed to increase number of breeding lapwings, wintering wildfowl and wading birds. The estuary is at its best for birds in the autumn and winter, when large numbers of ducks and geese feed on the saltmarshes…

Blogs

Ceredigion Birds

Blog

This site has been created to be used and enjoyed by resident birders as well as those visiting Ceredigion. We welcome contributions in the form of sightings and/or photographs from anywhere in the county….