Spring time at RSPB Nature Reserves in Mid & North Wales
Published: Wednesday 12th Feb 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Each season brings a different experience at the RSPB’s nature reserves in Mid and North Wales. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. Click on any of the following areas for more details of the Reserves and nearby cottages.
For visitors to the Bala and North East Wales areas, the RSPB has a Visitor Centre at Lake Vyrnwy and migrants such as pied flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers arrive in the spring. At the reserve at Point of Ayr on the Dee estuary, look for migrating waders and terns passing through and listen out for the song of skylarks.
In North Wales, the RSPB Visitor Centre at Conwy is situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary; spring at the reserve will have skylarks, lapwings, a wide variety of migrating birds and grey herons building their nests. The RSPB has two reserves on Anglesey, both to the west of the island. South Stack Cliffs is about three miles out of Holyhead and has guillemots, razorbills, puffins and rare choughs. Reed-fringed lakes at the Valley Wetlands site give the opportunity to see wildfowl all year round.
In the Dolgellau, Machynlleth and Aberystwyth areas, visit the reserve at Arthog Bog adjacent to the Mawddach Estuary; spring is the best time of year to see summer migrants like willow and sedge warblers, whitethroats and cuckoos. Or visit Coed Garth Gell which is a woodland and heathland nature Reserve in the spectacular Mawddach Valley. Early spring is an ideal time to see the secretive lesser-spotted woodpecker and hawfinches. Further south the ground at the Ynys-hir Reserve will be carpeted in flowers and visitors can lookout for birds of prey from any one of seven hides.