Wonderful for Wildflowers and Other Plants

- Great nature reserves in Wales for wildflower enthusiasts

Bluebell woodland in Southwest Wales

A Bluebell wood in Southwest Wales

Wales is an extraordinary place for wildflowers and plants of many kinds. The diversity of habitats, which include fens, bogs, unimproved grasslands, sand dunes, limestone pavements and Atlantic Oakwoods each with their own specific flora, offer unrivalled opportunities to those with an interest in botany. Whether your interest in botany is as a professional or you simply enjoy the beauty of flowers in their natural habitats, Wales has a great deal to offer.

Top nature reserves for seeing wildflowers and other plants in Wales include:

Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve
Anglesey Fens National Nature Reserves
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve
Meirionydd Oaks National Nature Reserve
Cae Blaen Dyffryn
Llyn Eiddwen National Nature Reserve - aquatic plants
Coed Rheidol
Craig Cerrig Gleisiad a Fan Frynych
Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve
Morfa Dyffryn National Nature Reserve
Morfa Harlech National Nature Reserve
Cwm Cadlan National Nature Reserve
Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island
Bryn Pydew North Wales Wildlife Trust Reserve
Allt Rhyd y Groes National Nature Reserve - Mosses and Lichens
Cors y Llyn National Nature Reserve
Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve
Allt y Benglog National Nature Reserve - Mosses and Lichens
Gregynog National Nature Reserve - Lichens and Trees

Lichen-covered tree

A tree trunk clothed with lichens at Oxwich Bay

If your main interest is in Wild Orchids here are a few outstanding nature reserves in Wales to see them:

Anglesey Fens National Nature Reserves
Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve
Cae Blaen Dyffryn Plantlife Reserve
Dyfi National Nature Reserve
Morfa Dyffryn National Nature Reserve
Bryn Pydew North Wales Wildlife Trust Reserve

For details of all wild orchids found in Wales plus a comprehensive guide to 50 top orchid sites, see Sue Parker's new hardback book "Wild Orchids of Wales, how, when and where to find them"...

Find out more about the Nature and Biology of Orchids...