10 of the best wildlife days out Wildlife is easy to spot in Wales, says Phil Hurst of Wildlife Trusts Wales. Our top ten wildlife experiences show specific sites where you are highly likely to see the animals or birds listed, but they are not exclusive to these locations. Dolphins can be watched from numerous headlands around Wales. And if you’re lucky, and know where to go, you can spot otters in the early morning along rivers from Bangor to Cardiff. A Ospreys Osprey soaring through sky Ospreys nest from April to late summer on the Cors Dyfi reserve in Machynlleth. Other birds of prey regularly seen include red kite, honey buzzard and marsh and hen harriers. Children also love to see the very special creatures who help to manage the wetlands: a herd of water buffalo. There’s a visitor centre and most of the reserve has wheelchair access. Search for more nature reserves in Mid Wales B Dolphins Bottlenosed Dolphins Although dolphins can be regularly seen from the shore in many parts Cardigan Bay, the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre organises boat trips from April onwards. The North Wales Wildlife Trust also run regular land-based dolphin watching seashore safaris over the summer. Search for more boat trips in West Wales C Otters Otter Visitors often report seeing otters at the lovely Gilfach Farm reserve in Radnorshire. Last summer a family saw a female and two cubs walking along the nature trail in mid-afternoon! The best time to visit is October to December when otters come to the waterfalls to chase the leaping salmon. Search for more farms and reserves in Mid Wales D Fields of Orchids Orchids and Ox-Eye Daisies at Pentwyn Farm Meadow, Monmouthshire by imaginedhorizons Situated above the beautiful Wye Valley within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Pentwyn Farm reserve provides commanding views over the surrounding countryside. Early summer sees thousands of green-winged orchids in spectacular wildflower meadows. Search for more countryside attractions in South Wales E Red Kites Red kite around Aberystwyth, Ceredigion by Howie Mudge Once on the edge of extinction, there are now an estimated 1,000 breeding pairs of these birds in Wales. Feeding stations where visitors can experience these magnificent birds close up include Gigrin Farm (a few miles south of the Gilfach Farm reserve in Radnorshire) and the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Llanddeusant in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park. F Puffins Puffin There are an estimated 16,000 puffins and 300,000 Manx shearwaters on the world-renowned Skomer and Skokholm islands, which are also home to large numbers of grey seals. You need to book visits in advance but this makes for a fantastic family day out. Boats run daily from March to December. Search for more boat trips in Pembrokeshire G Migrated Seabirds Artic Tern With well over 1,000 nesting pairs of sandwich terns, Cemlyn on Anglesey is an internationally important site for seabirds. Visitors can experience these rare and elegant birds close-up – chasing and diving in spectacular courtship displays or winging in with freshly caught fish. The Arctic tern, which also nests here, migrates up to 50,000 miles every year between the Arctic and Antarctic. Search for more nature reserves in North Wales H Salmon Leaping Salmon leaping at Radyr Weir on the River Taff, Cardiff by anjado The sight of salmon leaping up waterfalls is always thrilling, even though it’s a relatively common sight in the autumn months along many rivers in Wales. In Mid Wales one of the best places is the River Marteg at the Gilfach Farm reserve in Radnorshire, but you can even see them in the centre of Cardiff on the River Taff by Blackweir. Search for places to go fishing in Wales I Magical Bluebell Woods Bluebells Carpets of bluebells cover the ancient woodlands in many parts of Wales, but few reach the dazzling heights of Coed y Felin, just outside Mold in Flintshire. J Autumn leaf splendour Autumn For autumnal blazes of colour, the valleys of South Wales rival the forests of New England. The Silent Valley reserve near Ebbw Vale is a perfect example, while the Pwll-y-Wrach reserve in Brecknock has spectacular autumn colours in ancient woodland running down to plunging waterfalls along the River Enig. Search for more country parks and forests in South Wales Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items A Welsh safari Take the children on a safari round Wales and meet our wonderful wildlife. Wild walks with children We love boardwalks. They’ll take you and the kids deep into the wild, but not the mud. Wild Wales Leaping salmon, soaring red kites and frolicking dolphins: a tour of the best wildlife in Wales. Inland walking routes Exploring the heart of Wales with a series of accessible walks for all the family. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds. 10 beaches for the kids Anyone who likes rockpooling, paddling and scoffing ice cream will love these safe, sandy beaches.