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About CCW Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

West Region

CCW’s West Region covers the counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

CCW’s West Region

The Regional Director is Dr David Worrall and there are four Regional Offices – at Pembroke Dock, Llandeilo, Swansea and Aberystwyth.

Diverse Landscapes

The region ranges from the uplands of the Cambrian Mountains – the last stronghold of the majestic red kite before its recovery - to the glorious coastline of Pembrokeshire and on to the urban areas fringing Swansea Bay.

Arguably, the most famous of all the Regions landscapes is the Pembrokeshire Coastline which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail alone generates several million pounds for the local economy.

The Gower peninsula – the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be designated in the UK. More than 250 miles of public footpaths criss cross the AONB and offers unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the area.

The Region is also home to several peat bogs including the internationally important Cors Caron and Cors Fochno. The largest area of lowland fen in South Wales is Cors Crymlyn, a heavily industrialised area in the past, but now supports a wealth of wetlands plants and rare insects.

On the coast

This region is home to Wales only Marine Nature Reserve in Wales – the waters around Skomer Island

The waters from many rivers run into the sea around the coast, and three of these - the Teifi, Tywi and Afonydd Cleddau have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation for their quality. Rich and varied marine habitats can be found in the Milford Haven Waterway, and the mudflats of the Burry Inlet support huge numbers of birds, especially during the winter months.

Special Species

Grey seals are a common sight throughout the year but autumn is the best time to see the white pups dotting the many beaches and coves of the coastline around Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. Harbour porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins can all be seen within the inshore waters of these areas, often accompanied by spectacular displays of gannets diving to feed.

All of the Greater Horseshoe bat’s breeding sites are found in the Region. Encouragingly, monitoring work has shown recent improvements in their numbers, maybe because of the good foraging areas and good quality roosts.

Enjoying the Region

There are ample opportunities to go out and enjoy the variety that West Wales has to offer. Parks, greenspaces, woods and local paths are never far away, whether you live in a city centre or a rural village. As well as the popular attractions of the Pembrokeshire coastline or the attractive beaches of Ceredigion, West Wales still has plenty of other remote areas where you can get away from it all.


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