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This is wild Wales. With lots of wildlife to go with it. Walk our mountains, forests and riverbanks and you’ll be much closer to the natural world than you might realise.

 

It’s not always easy to spot the electric blue flash of a kingfisher or hear the splash of a water vole. With so much distracting scenery, you might miss the red kite soaring above you on the thermals.

 

Don’t worry, we’ll point you in the right direction. We’ll take you badger watching, bug hunting and bat detecting. We’ll teach you how to track wild animals.

 

And we’ll show you places that are so teeming with wildlife that some kind of magical encounter is virtually guaranteed.

 

Places like the Elan Valley – 70 square miles of river, reservoir and ancient forest containing 12 different Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Or the RSPB’s 24,000-acre nature reserve at Lake Vyrnwy, stronghold of the peregrine falcon.

 

You can see our most iconic bird of prey in breathtaking aerial action every single day at the Red Kite Feeding Station at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader.

 

And between April and August you can meet Monty the Osprey and his friends. The Dyfi Osprey Project near Machynlleth will provide you with telescopes, binoculars and live television pictures. Just bring your own sense of wonder.

Wildlife My Way

 

“For red kites like you’ve probably never seen them before, and an exhibition of wildlife-friendly farming, Gigrin Farm is worth a visit.”

Bill Oddie, ornithologist