Page last updated at 13:49 GMT, Friday, 26 March 2010
Clarach gets new nature reserve
The 25 acre reserve will be managed by Ceredigion County Council.

With spring fast approaching, what better way to escape the indoor hibernation of winter than walk around a newly designated nature reserve!

Coed y Cwm, formerly known as Cwm Woods at Clarach near Aberystwyth, has been designated a Local Nature Reserve by Ceredigion County Council.

The move has been backed by the Countryside Council for Wales(CCW).

Practical work to care for the site will include removing invasive species such as rhododendron.

Amongst the blackbirds and thrushes, listen out for the drumming of the Great spotted woodpecker
Karen Heppingstall

This will enable the woodland to flourish and develop into a wildlife haven.

CCW Senior Conservation Officer, Karen Heppingstall said: "If you visit Coed y Cwm over the coming weeks, the woodland spring flowers including bluebells and wild garlic, will be at their best.

Mental health

"You will be greeted by a chorus of spring bird song.

"Amongst the blackbirds and thrushes, listen out for the drumming of the Great spotted woodpecker.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at a bird feeder
Th great spotted woodpecker can be heard at Coed y Cwm

"There is nothing better than spending time surrounded by nature - it's good for our physical and mental health."

The 25-acre reserve will be managed by Ceredigion County Council.

Conservation Management Officer of Ceredigion County Council, Liz Allen said: "We are very proud to have such a beautiful reserve on our doorstep and hope that work to protect and enhance the site's natural features will encourage more people to visit.

"We are also planning a range of projects to get local communities more involved with the site - work to improve paths and educational programmes for example."

There are good footpath links from Coed y Cwm to the Coast Path between Aberystwyth and Clarach, and to Parc Natur Penglais LNR in Aberystwyth.

By car, take the B4572 between Waunfawr and Clarach.

There is a small lay-by just down the road from the crematorium.

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