Morfa Dyffryn Nature Reserve

Dyffryn Ardudwy, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd, LL43 2AR, Wales

The spectacular Morfa Dyffryn Reserve stretches for about 4.5 miles along the coast of Cardigan Bay from Afon Ysgethin in the south to Afon Artro in the north. Unlike many other sand dunes in Wales, Morfa Dyffryn’s dunes are dynamic and constantly changing. Its long beach of golden sand offers a view of the Lleyn and a glimpse of Bardsey Island.

The sand dune system stretches along the coast of Cardigan Bay in Ardudwy, from Afon Ysgethin in the south to Afon Artro in the north covering around 500 acres. Unlike many other sand dunes in Wales, Morfa Dyffryn’s dunes are dynamic and constantly changing.

The front dunes are steep; the wind blows sand through the many gaps in these dunes, changing their shape and burying much of the old habitat. That's why they are so bare and open, with little growth apart from small amounts of sea-grass and some young plants and habitats that are very rare in Wales. The reserve is highly protected, forming part of the Morfa Harlech and Morfa Dyffryn SAC, the Morfa Dyffryn SSSI and the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC.