Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Snowdonia National Park for North Wales and Anglesey cottage visitors
Wales Cottage Holidays visitors may well be familiar with the country’s extensive National Parks, which protect the quality of the landscape and promote outdoor recreation. There are three in Wales, with Snowdonia in the North.
Other sites protected by law because of their special landscape qualities are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which, in terms of landscape and scenery, are deemed equal to the National Parks. Wales has five AONBs, including Anglesey’s coastline, the Lleyn peninsula in the north-west and the Clwydian Range in north-east Wales.
Heritage Coast is a stretch of outstanding unspoilt coastline, usually cared for by local authorities; there are 14 of these in Wales, accounting for almost half of our coastline. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (of which there are over 1000 in Wales) are backed by law and form the bedrock of wildlife and habitat protection. A small of these SSSIs are also Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance containing rare plants, animals and wildfowl.
The Dyfi estuary from Aberdyfi round to Borth and Ynyslas is an internationally recognised Biosphere Reserve designated by UNESCO, where people strive to balance the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. Wales has some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world and almost 30% of our land and waters have been designated special sites, as the above, whether for their wildlife, geological importance or natural beauty.