Wildlife

The Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire offers a wonderful array of wildlife, as varied as the landscape it calls home. Veteran trees at Clytha Estate and the Tarell Valley provide a wonderful contrast to each other, bluebells abound at Coed-y-Bwnydd in spring, and the UK's rarest ant species thrives at The Kymin.

A veteran tree in the Tarell Valley, Brecon Beacons, Powys

Veteran Trees in the Tarell Valley

A precious and increasingly rare habitat, our semi-ancient woodlands are a haven for wildlife. Clinging on at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, these trees have lived for hundreds of years and are home to rare fungi and invertebrates dependent on them for their survival.

Wildflower meadow at Berthlwyd Farm, Powys

Berthlwyd's wonderful wildflowers

One of our most important farms for its conservation value, Berthlwyd is home to truly wonderful wildflower hay meadows. Traditional farming methods mean that each spring the fields burst into an array of vivid colour and support a huge variety of wildlife.

Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young at nest hole

From badgers to bats: discover wildlife at The Kymin

The Kymin might be known for Georgian gentility and picnicking, but it's also a haven for wildlife. With a mixture of open spaces and semi-ancient woodland, birds, bats, badgers, and even wild boar have made this small but special place home.

A red wood ants nest at The Kymin, Monmouthshire, Wales

Red wood ants at The Kymin

The Kymin is home to one of the UK's rarest and largest ant species, the red wood ant. Watching them busy at work can be completely mesmerising, but they do have a nip, so mind your toes.

Bronze Age cairn at Drygarn Fawr on Abergwesyn Commons, Powys

Walks and wildlife at Abergwesyn Commons

Climb to the top of Cwm Gwesyn, explore Irfon Valley and enjoy the all-encompassing views as you explore this rich and wild landscape.

Bluebells and campion at Coed-y-Bwnydd

Woodlands at Coed-y-Bwnydd

Rich in history and natural beauty, Coed-y-Bwnydd has been a special place for people for more than 2,000 years. Today, springtime heralds bluebells carpeting the ground while birdsong fills the air. Spectacular views across the Usk Valley can be enjoyed throughout the year.