RSPB Nature Reserves in South, Mid and West Wales for Wintering Birds
Apart from island reserves, the RSPB’s nature reserves are open all the year round in South, Mid and West Wales. Each season brings a different experience; in winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm. Click on any of the following areas for more details.
For Carmarthenshire visitors, the RSPB reserve at Gwenffrwd-Dinas is 10 miles north of Llandovery on the road to Llyn Brianne. The reserve has a boardwalk and footpath that takes you through oak woodland on steep slopes and the trail continues to a fast-flowing river; red kites can be seen frequently.
The myriad of autumn leaf colours makes this a magical season at Cwm Clydach which is situated north of Swansea; shades of green turn brown, bronze and red. Winter is one of the best times of year for birdwatching at Newport Wetlands (south of Abergavenny). The starling roost is a not-to-be-missed wildlife experience; large groups of starlings gather at dusk in great black clouds. At its peak, around 50,000 birds swoop and soar overhead, chattering noisily. After a breathtaking display, the birds drop dramatically into the reedbeds where they settle for the night.
Visitors to the Rhayader and Llandrindod Wells areas can enjoy the RSPB reserve at Carngafallt in the Elan Valley; birds of prey are always present and include red kites, buzzards and peregrines.