Wildlife, flora & fauna 

There are lots of reasons why Wales is so brilliant for wildlife watching: 216 Wildlife Trust nature reserves, 11 RSPB sanctuaries, 4,122 sq km of National Park, an 870-mile Wales Coast Path, ancient woodland, lakes and river, and wide open spaces for wildlife to … well, go wild in. 

Hundreds of red kites arrive each day at special feeding stations Mid Wales. Then there are seasonal treats, like the arrival in spring of countless puffins and other seabirds to our islands. Summer brings dolphins and porpoises, while autumn welcomes seal pups to the beaches, leaping salmon to the rivers, and a blaze of colour to the forests, before huge flocks of wildfowl arrive for winter.

Red kite soaring high in the sky around Aberystwyth

Wild Wales

Leaping salmon, soaring red kites and frolicking dolphins: a tour of the best wildlife in Wales.

Dolphins seen close to New Quay in Ceredigion on the Welsh coast

Dolphin-spotting spots

Bottlenose dolphins are so common in Cardigan Bay, you’d be unlucky not to spot one.

Puffin with sand eels in beak

Chris Packham: wild at heart

If you’re going to look for advice on places to explore the wildlife of Wales, why not ask one of Britain’s best-loved naturalists and TV presenters.