Coed y Cerrig Nature Reserve, Stanton

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The woodland at Coed y Cerrig comprises three quite distinctive habitats. On the plateau at the top of the steeply sloping reserve, where the ground is driest, there are mature Beech, Sessile Oak, and Ash trees; lower down, the more moist conditions support Birch, Hazel and Ash; and on the valley floor, where the ground is very wet for most of the year, the trees are mainly Willow and Alder.

The reserve is not just about plants, though, because the mosaic of different woodland types means that it is species rich in other respects and therefore an excellent site to visit if you are interested in birds and insects. In short, it is an ideal nature reserve for the all round general naturalist.

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