Megalithic monuments of the lost continent of Mu

Stretching from the Mariana Islands in the northwest to Easter Island in the southeast, the Lemurian civilisation is said to have thrived on the lost continent of Mu until about 12,000 years ago when it was supposedly submerged by “the great flood” and other natural disasters perhaps caused by the passing of planet Nibiru, which…

Pwll Penarth

Wetland transformed for wildlife

Once part of the sewage farm next door, Pwll Penarth is now a wetland nature reserve managed by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. Located between a bend in the river and the derelict Montgomery Canal the site is maintained in partnership with Severn Trent Water and was remodelled in 1996. Islands and special gravel ‘cliffs’ were…

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Peace and quiet at Llandegfedd

A 434-acre site set in the rolling hills of south-east Wales, between Usk and Pontypool, Llandegfedd Reservoir Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A world away from the frantic pace of modern life, there are two miles of footpaths around the reservoir to enjoy, as well as opportunities for angling and sailing.…

Llyn Padarn

Picturesque Padarn Country Park

Llyn Padarn is a spectacular glacially formed lake nestled in the mountains of Snowdonia. On its southern banks is the busy village of Llanberis and towards its south-eastern end is the Padarn Country Park, which covers an area of 800 acres and includes Coed Dinorwig, a rare and ancient oak woodland as well as the…

Anglesey’s Hidden Gardens

Situated between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey, the Hidden Gardens is an award-winning project to restore the grounds of the 200-acre Plas Cadnant Estate. Work started on restoring the grounds in 1997, with the first stage being to rescue the house and lodges, dating back to the early 19th century, after…

Gardens above Hell’s Mouth

Plas yn Rhiw is an early 17th-century manor house in Y Rhiw, Gwynedd, in north-western Wales. Located at the base of Mynydd Rhiw, the estate overlooks the beach of Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth), Cardigan Bay and the Llyn Peninsula and consists of a small Tudor mansion, a large garden and woodland. It is the only…

Bardsey Island

Bardsey… could it be Avalon?

Located in the Bardsey Sound, two miles off the tip of the Llyn Peninsula, Bardsey Island is home to many rare plants and plenty of sea birds such as gannets and razorbills, but the most famous inhabitants are Manx shearwaters, with a breeding colony of 10,000 to 16,000 on the island. Atlantic grey seals can…

Dolphins

Dolphin spotting on the Ceredigion coast

Based in a heritage building in the heart of New Quay, overlooking the beautiful beach and harbour, the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is the focus for marine research along the coast of south-west Wales. The popular visitor centre works in conjunction with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips to collect data on the bottlenose dolphins of…

Devil's Bridge Falls

The Devil’s Bridge Falls

Devil’s Bridge Falls in the Rheidol Gorge is a major attraction about 12 miles outside Aberystwyth, where the River Mynach drops 300ft to meet the River Rheidol. The unique falls attract thousands of visitors each year and even inspired William Wordsworth’s “Torrent at the Devil’s Bridge”. For a small charge, you can follow a pathway…

UK sites offer terrific view of night sky

It might come as a surprise to many people in the United Kingdom but South Korea’s Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park, Australia’s Warrumbungle National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States and Wales’ Elan Valley Estate have a vast amount in common… with all having been granted Dark Sky status due to their…