Coed Aber Artro is an ancient woodland nestled on the slopes between the village of Llanbedr and the spectacular Cwm Bychan in Ardudwy. Surrounding the impressive north-facing ravine of the Afon Cwm Nantcol and the reservoir above, most of this woodland is dominated by mature Oak, Birch, Rowan and Hazel, with Ash, Sycamore and occasional Wych Elm, particularly around the ravine. South of the river is characterised by mature planted Beech.
Coed Aber Artro is of European importance and as such forms part of the Meirionnydd Oakwoods and Bat sites Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The main special interest is the woodland’s exceptionally rich collection of bryophytes growing in and around the ravine, with over a hundred species recorded. The high rainfall and mild climate encourages the luxuriant growth of ferns, lichens, mosses and liverworts, particularly beside rivers and within the ravine where extreme humidity is maintained. This is the only site in Wales known to have the nationally scarce Sparkling Signal-moss. Also recorded, is the nationally scarce lichen, Parmelinopsis horrescens, found growing on birch bark. Ferns include uncommon species, such as Wilson’s and Tunbridge filmy ferns, as well as Hay-scented Buckler fern. The woodland supports bird species typical of western oakwood’s such as Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Redstart. Although rarely seen, otters are known to frequent the Afon Cwm Nantcol.
Coed Aber Artro has a good network of paths available and is particularly popular in spring, when the site boasts a dazzling display of bluebells, infusing the woodland floor with vivid hues of violet. Parking facilities are limited.
|Coed Aber Artro is a particularly special wildlife area as it part of the Snowdonia Centre of Excellence. This is a is a £4 million project creating and developing the best outdoor adventure opportunities the sector can offer through four key sites.
These four outdoor activity centres include Antur Stiniog downhill mountain bike trails, Coed y Brenin mountain bike centre, Glan Llyn multi activity centre and Prysor Angling at Llyn Trawsfynydd. The project is nearing completion and some exciting developments have been happening at each of the four sites. Click here
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