Bird Reserves in the spring - Mid & West Wales
Published: Wednesday 19th Feb 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
In spring at the RSPB’s nature reserves in South, Mid and West Wales, the air is filled with birdsong as the birds attract a mate and establish their territories. Click on any of the following areas for more details of the Reserves and nearby cottages.
The RSPB reserve of Ramsey Island off the coast of Pembrokeshire has spectacular cliffs up to 120m high, the perfect place for breeding seabirds. In spring peregrines, choughs, ravens and seabirds are nesting on the cliffs and the island has breeding wheatears, stonechats, meadow pipits and skylarks.
In the Carmarthenshire and Swansea Bay areas, 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 spring, listen to the dawn chorus, see carpets of beautiful bluebells and watch pied flycatchers visiting nestboxes. A re-birth after winter at Cwm Clydach which is situated north of Swansea; wood sorrel carpets the ground, woodland bird activity is at its peak and early migrants like chiffchaffs arrive to set up territory.
For visitors staying in Mid Wales, go to the RSPB reserve at Carngafallt in the Elan Valley. Red kites and buzzards and other woodland birds, notably pied flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers cab be seen from mid-April and from early May, the beautiful spring woodland foliage has an accompanying bird chorus. Spring is the start of the breeding season and is an active and exciting time of year at Newport Wetlands in south-east Wales as birds set about finding their mates and building nests. During late April and early May, swallows and swifts begin arriving from Africa.