In the heart of Snowdonia the dramatic landscape surrounding Beddgelert is a haven for a rich variety of wildlife and habitats. As you explore the area you'll easily stumble from one habitat to another and discover an abundance of wildlife.
Here's the confluence of three stunning valleys where the turquoise Glaslyn and the Colwyn rivers meet. If you're a lover of nature and the outdoors, you can enjoy a wide range of paths and walks.
Because of the dramatic meeting of upland and deep river habitats, the area has a great variety of wildlife. Up on Moel Hebog, Beddgelert’s most local mountain, there are feral ponies.
Wild goats are common in the area and you will often find them right on the edge of the village, particuarly in winter when food is scarce.
Birdlife abounds - from our lounge window there are numerous garden birds, whilst further down the valley the RSPB has a visitor centre where you can watch our rare family of Ospreys. You can often spot fresh water Cormerants and Kingfishers on the river.
Beddgelert forest is mostly pine, but there are a great many rare species of plants and it is often referred to as a 'rain forest' due to the amount of rain.
In the surrounding valleys thick mature oak woods form one of the most continuous woodland belts in Wales. They run for a distance of over 19km (about 12 miles) from Tremadog to the head of Nantgwynant. Venture up the mountains, and you'll soon find yourself in a rolling landscape of heather and upland grassland.