In a nutshell. Rare birds, unique butterflies… and wild goats.
For starters there’s the natural beauty of our countryside and coastline. The Vale of Conwy cuts a rich, green swathe through hill and mountain, flanked by the moors of Mynydd Hiraethog on one side and Snowdonia’s slopes on the other.
For wildlife watching, Hiraethog is a must-visit. Its wide range of habitats – heather moors and forests, lakes and rivers – support a rich diversity of birdlife, plants and animals. Look out for rare red squirrels or black grouse. You may even catch sight of the rare osprey, a passing visitor each spring to Llyn Brenig.
Birds – and birdwatchers – flock to the RSPB’s Conwy Reserve. Over 200 species have been spotted here, and with its popular programme of events, guided walks and child-friendly facilities it’s great for families as well as seasoned birdies.
Birds also make for the cover of Pwllycrochan Woods, the green heart of Colwyn Bay. This local nature reserve is thick with mature native trees and exotic species. Ancient and Victorian woodland, along with heathland, covers Pensychnant Conservation Centre and Nature Reserve on the spectacular Sychnant Pass above Conwy. And the wildlife up on Llandudno’s Great Orme ranges from wild goats to the unique silver-studded blue butterfly.
You’ll see teeming colonies of seabirds on the Great Orme too – and out to sea our marine life includes porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and seals.