Summer Birds for South, Mid & West Wales cottage visitors to RSPB Nature Reserves
In summer at the RSPB’s nature reserves in South, Mid and West Wales, look out for young birds making their first venture out into the outside world. Click on any of the areas below for further details in our Wales National Nature & RSPB Reserves section.
The RSPB reserve of Ramsey Island off the coast of Pembrokeshire has spectacular cliffs up to 120m high, the perfect place for breeding seabirds. The island is awash with colour from May to September, with bluebells, then pink thrift and purple heather. You might see choughs and peregrines nesting on the cliffs.
Visitors to Wales Holidays self-catering cottages and farmhouses in the Aberystwyth and Borth areas can enjoy the RSPB reserve at Ynys-hir; summer brings wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks, and some very special butterflies too.
For anyone staying in the Rhayader and Llandrindod Wells areas, go to the RSPB reserve at Carngafallt in the Elan Valley. Carngafallt is a wonderful place to see birds or simply enjoy the view; the moorland landscape looks especially colourful in late summer.
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; in summer, you can see dippers, pied flycatchers, common sandpipers and grey wagtails.
Enjoy a stroll through a peaceful woodland setting on a lovely summer day at Cwm Clydach which is situated north of Swansea. You might see pied flycatchers, redstarts and buzzards, as well as dippers along the reaches of the Lower Clydach river. Grass snakes can sometimes be seen in the summer soaking up the sun or skimming expertly through the water among the reeds at Newport Wetlands (south of Abergavenny).