Summer time for the birds at RSPB Nature Reserves in Mid and North Wales for self-catering visitors
Published: Friday 10th May 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. Click on any of the areas below for further details in our Wales National Nature & RSPB Reserves section.
There are two reserves on Anglesey, both to the west of the island. South Stack Cliffs is about three miles out of Holyhead; Ellins Tower provides excellent views of the seabird city in the summer with guillemots, razorbills, puffins, fulmars and gulls. Reed-fringed lakes at the Valley Wetlands site give the opportunity to see wildfowl all year round; early summer is a good time to visit when the reedbeds come alive with reed and sedge warblers.
In North Wales, the RSPB Visitor Centre at Conwy is situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary; summer at the reserve will have warblers singing from the reedbeds and you can see the goslings and ducklings growing up. At the reserve at Point of Ayr on the Dee estuary in the North Wales Borderlands, watch roosting terns make a splash whilst fishing for food.
For visitors to the Bala area, the RSPB has a Visitor Centre at Lake Vyrnwy; watch the fledglings at the feeding station, including great spotted woodpeckers and siskins; golden-ringed dragonflies can be found in the forest clearings.
In the Barmouth and Dolgellau areas, visit the reserve at Arthog Bog adjacent to the Mawddach Estuary; the bird life is busy with many family parties of warblers, finches and reed buntings. Or visit Coed Garth Gell which is a woodland and heathland nature reserve in the spectacular Mawddach Valley; the heathland at the top of the reserve has breeding nightjars, which can be heard 'churring' on a summer evening.
Visitors to Wales Holidays self-catering cottages and farmhouses in the Machynlleth area can enjoy the RSPB reserve at Ynys-hir; summer brings wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks, and some very special butterflies too.