The Talyllyn area must be one of the most beautiful in the whole of mid Wales – tucked underneath the towering crags of Cadair Idris, with the ever-changing vista of the Talyllyn Lake and the cheerful whistle of the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway.

It’s also a wonderful situation between three wildlife-rich counties of Wales. Go further north into Meirionnydd for the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and the iconic Barmouth Bridge.

Go south towards the Dyfi Estuary and the entire Dyfi Biosphere spanning Meirionnydd, Mongomeryshire and Ceredigion, then further south into the rolling hills and forests of red kite country, the famous Ynys Hir reserve and the massive winter starling roost on Aberyswyth pier, considered by Countryfile to be one of the top five sites in the whole of the UK.

Gwent Levels / Severn Estuary

A land of mistletoe, marshes and reens, or ancient drainage ditches, the Gwent Levels are a rich area of intertidal mudflats and alluvial wetland on the northern side of the Severn Estuary.

A completely man-made landscape from the Roman period onwards, it provides a wide range of rich wildlife habitats and farmland. Although close to the M4 motorway, it sometimes seems as if the Gwent Levels has a different pace of life.

The northern banks of the Severn give way to the two tiny sentries of Steep Holm and Flat Holm Islands standing guard in the Bristol Channel.

North, we can trace the wooded valleys of the river Wye flowing down past Tintern Abbey to meet the Severn. West, we come to the hills and forests above the south Wales valleys, with large areas of water such as the Wentwood and Llandegfedd reservoirs. Llandegfedd is considered the most important freshwater site for birds in south east Wales.