Birdwatching Wales at RSPB Ynys-hir on the Dyfi estuary
Wales Cottage Holidays winter visitors to Mid Wales can see black and white barnacle geese at RSPB Ynys-hir, located on the saltmarshes between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth.
The unusual looking geese travel 2000 miles from their breeding grounds to Ynys-hir to enjoy a milder climate and rich feeding grounds and will stay on the Machynlleth reserve until February. This is the only place in Wales where Wales Holidays visitors will be able to see large flocks of the wonderful, delicate birds, which have been wintering at Ynys-hir since the mid 1990’s.
There is also a small flock of Greenland white-fronted geese (the only regular flock to be seen in England and Wales) who return from their breeding areas in west Greenland to the Dyfi Estuary until early April. The population of the Greenland geese has dropped dramatically by about 40% in recent years, due to factors such as habitat destruction and competition with Canada geese on their breeding grounds.