Autumn with the birds at RSPB Nature Reserves in Mid & North Wales
Published: Monday 5th Aug 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Each season brings a different experience at the RSPB’s nature reserves in Mid and North Wales. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter.
The RSPB has two reserves on Anglesey, both to the west of the island. South Stack Cliffs is about three miles out of Holyhead and has guillemots, razorbills, puffins and rare choughs. Reed-fringed lakes at the Valley Wetlands site give the opportunity to see wildfowl all year round. In North Wales, the RSPB Visitor Centre, coffee shop and gift shop at Conwy is situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle and is delightful at any time of year.
If you come during late autumn and winter months to the North Wales Borderlands, you will be able to see thousands of birds feeding at the reserve at Point of Ayr on the Dee estuary. For visitors to the Bala area, the RSPB has a Visitor Centre at Lake Vyrnwy with the lake, surrounding hills and woodlands in their spectacular autumn colours. In the Barmouth and Dolgellau areas, visit the reserves at Arthog Bog, one of the remaining fragments of raised bog which once would have covered much of the adjacent Mawddach Estuary or Coed Garth Gell which nestles in the spectacular Mawddach Valley and is a woodland and heathland nature reserve.
Visitors to Wales Holidays self-catering cottages and farmhouses in the Aberystwyth and Borth areas and the Machynlleth area can enjoy the RSPB reserve, Visitor Centre and shop at Ynys-hir which is situated to the west of the road from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth. It is open all year round although the visitor centre is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from November to March.