Coed Doctor is a unique woodland site boasting a rich industrial history. Today, old quarry workings have been colonised by valuable habitats supporting a fantastic array of wildlife. This is a popular site to go walking, providing an excellent opportunity to relax and unwind to the scenic surroundings. Mining in the area was once a major industry, with various quarrying relics to be discovered.
This woodland offers a diverse range of plants and animals. Trees are mainly Sessile Oak with Birch, Alder and Willow creating a variety of habitats. Pied Flycatcher, Buzzard, Little Owl, Woodpecker, Tree Creeper and Cuckoo are amongst some of the bird species observed. Inhabiting mammals include Badger, Stoat and Polecat.
Mountain Gorse, Heather and Bilberry can be seen in the drier areas where reptiles such as Adders, Common Lizard and Slow worm live. Pockets of wet woodland within Coed Doctor support hundreds of frogs, along with many insects. A remnant of the slate industry, the lake, Llyn Tomas Lewis, is home to Moorhen, Coot, Mallard and Tufted Duck, as well as brown trout found in the deeper pools. In addition, Coed Doctor supports a range of bats with up to six species spotted in one night.
The natural, uneven and rocky terrain found at this site makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs for the time being. However, there is a good footpath network and a circular walk accessible from the village.