Good places to see dragonflies in Wales - Ceredigion

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27 - Cors Ian (Ceredigion)

 

28 - Ynys-hir (Ceredigion)

 

29 - Cors Caron National Nature Reserve (Ceredigion)

 

27 - Cors Ian (Ceredigion)

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Photo credit: Emily Foot
This is an upland valley mire.  It has a good population of dragonfliCors Ian Emily Footes with species including the Keeled Skimmer and Golden-ringed Dragonfly.  It also has many bird species and a small population of water voles.
 
 
The reserve is located along small lanes and is difficult to find.  It is recommended that a map is used to locate it.  From Aberystwyth, take the A487 to Cardigan, turn left on to the A485 after 3 miles, in Llanfarian.  In the village of Llanilar, turn left at the roundabout on to the B4575.  After about 3 miles, continue straight on, onto a narrow lane (rather than crossing the river on the right– Afon Ystwyth), follow this lane for about 1 mile then turn right (following the cycle path signs), continue on this lane for just over a mile, just passed Brynarth Guest House (on the right), the reserve is on the left on a sharp corner after a dip in the road. There is a small parking area at the entrance to the reserve.  There is a footpath running through the site and permissive paths lead to the top of the hill.  This site is not accessible to wheelchairs and push chairs.  
 
 
Grid reference: (main entrance) SN 669 695 (site centre) SN 672 696.  Nearest postcode: SY23 4HX.

28 - Ynys-hir (Ceredigion)

RSPB
Photo credit: David Kitching
This is an RSPB reserve just outside Machynlleth.  An impressive 24 species of dragonfly have been recorded on the site, with the recent addition of Brown Hawker.  Species of note are the Small Red Damselfly, Black Darter and the Hairy Dragonfly.  
 
 
There is a mix of habitats within the reserve including Welsh oak woodland, wet grassland, saltmarshes and a peat bog.  There is access over the peat bog via a board walk which prevents visitors from harming this sensitive habitat.  There are 7 bird hides within the reserve.
 
There is free entry to RSPB members and a charge for non-members (£5 adult, £2.50 child and £10 family).  There is a visitor centre, cafe, toilets and a car park.  The reserve is open from 9am until dusk.
 
 
Grid reference: SN 682 961.  Nearest postcode:  SY20 8TA

29 - Cors Caron National Nature Reserve (Ceredigion)

NRW
Photo credit: NRW
The site is an inland raised mire made up of 3 bogs, these are surrounded by reedbeds, streams and ponds.  The River Teifi runs in and around the site.  There have been 16 species of dragonfly recorded on the site, these include Keeled Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Hawker and Black Darter; there are also stream loving species Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Beautiful and Banded Demoiselles.  Cors Caron NNR is designated as a SSSI, SAC and Ramsar site and is managed by NRW.
 
Cors Caron NRW
 
The site is located off the B4343 (Lampeter to Aberystwyth road) between Tregaron and Pontrhydfendigaid.  The reserve is signed and there is a car park and public toilets.  The 2 miles of boardwalks running through the reserve are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, there are also hides and seats throughout the reserve.   There are other routes, some of which are inaccessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.
 
 
 
Grid reference: SN 690 642.  Nearest postcode:  SY25 6JF.