The whole area is rich in wildlife with over 100 species of breeding birds, 35 mammals, 30 butterflies, 20 dragonflies and damselflies, and 450 flowering plants. The Red Kite was once down to one breeding pair in Great Britain in Cors Caron and is now wide spread in the area, and beautiful to watch. There are a few feeding stations for the Red Kite, the most notable being Gigrin Farm, near Rhayder on the A470, which can attract up to 300 birds at feeding times.
The Cambrian Mountain Society is campaigning for the Cambrian Mountains to be An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is equal to and often greater than that of some British national parks and is politically distributed between Powys, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.