CCW’s West Region covers the counties of
Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Neath Port
CCW’s West Region
The Regional Director is Dr David Worrall and there are four
Regional Offices – at Pembroke Dock, Llandeilo, Swansea and
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.
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.