Wildlife to see in spring & summer

There’s an abundance of wildlife to see in Wales. Along the coast in spring and summer you can see grey seals, dolphins and colourful seabirds swooping and chattering noisily to each other. Across the countryside skies look out for magnificent birds of prey such as ospreys and red kites.

  • Red Kite

    Red kite

    The striking red kite is a graceful bird of prey with a distinctive forked tail that can be seen in the skies over Mid Wales. For a real spectacle watch them at feeding time as hundreds of these huge raptors circle and descend in front of the hide at Gigrin Farm  and Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Forest Centre.

  • Osprey soaring through sky
    Osprey soaring through sky

    Wales offers you the chance to see a spectacular bird of prey, the osprey. The Welsh Wildife Trusts’ Dyfi Osprey Project in Mid Wales is open April to September and offers visitors the chance to view the osprey from an elevated bird hide. The nature reserve also has a live streaming webcam, a visitor centre with information, a small shop and refreshments.

  • Puffin

    See one of the world’s most favourite birds in their natural environment. Look out for these comical but beautifully coloured birds nesting on islands around Wales, such as Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast. Famed for its puffins, there are a number of limited land trips to the island as well as cruises where you'll be able to observe wildlife from the comfort of your boat.

  • Pod of Bottlenosed Dolphins swimming of the coast of Wales
    Bottlenosed Dolphins by Nia Haf Jones

    Watching dolphin and porpoise in their natural environment is a magical experience.

    Cardigan Bay is home to a large population of dolphins and porpoises, if you walk along the coastal path or shore for any length of time you are almost guaranteed to see these wonderful creatures. Alternatively you can get a closer view by taking a dolphin spotting boat trip to bring this experience to life.

  • Manx Shearwater
    Manx Shearwater

    Manx shearwaters breed in large colonies on Bardsey Island off the coast of the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. You can see these iconic black and white birds during spring and until the end of July. Bardsey Boat Trips offer day trips to the island from Aberdaron and included in the price is a talk on the islands history and wildlife.

    Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast is another excellent location as it supports the worlds largest colony of Manx Shearwaters, incredibly there are an estimated 120,000 breeding pairs.

  • Countryside wildlife walks

    Robin in trees at Glyncorrwg Ponds

    Glyncorrwg Ponds, near Swansea

     by HuwNeath

    Experience a variety of nature trails and walks at our nature reserve visitor centres. Featuring modern facilities, you can find out information about walks and the wildlife in the area. In Pembrokeshire the Welsh Wildlife Centre operated by the Wildlife Trust offers families the chance to discover wildlife on walks, through seasonal events and guided tours. In South Wales Glyncorrwg Ponds offers you the opportunity to see buzzards, heron, dragonfly and a range of flora and fauna.

  • Atlantic Grey Seal
    Atlantic Grey Seal

    Ramsey Island off the Pembrokeshire coast is one of the best places in the UK to see Atlantic grey seals. Wildlife island cruises offer you the chance to see the seals as they relax on the islands shoreline and in the rocks and caves. Expert guides will talk you through the islands various wildlife, geology and maritime heritage.

  • Close up of Black Grouse in Snowdonia

    Black grouse

     by Cilmeri

    You’ll have to be up early to see the black grouse dance at dawn at Coed Llandegla. Join a guided RSPB walk through the forest to a purpose built hide where you can see the black grouse strut their stuff, flash their white tail feathers and impress the watching females.

  • Marine birds, Wales Coast

    Oystercatchers on the Tywi estuary


    Walk the coastal path around Wales and you’ll see a range of marine birds. Watch cliff-side nesting colonies and seabirds raising their young at the RSPB South Stack Cliffs on Anglesey. At the RSPB Conwy on the edge of Snowdonia listen out for morning birdsong as migrant birds arrive from Africa. Or in summer take a guided boat trip to Grassholm Island off Pembrokeshire’s coast for an outstanding seabird spectacle. 

  • Canal wildlife walks

    The canals around Wales offer easily accessible walks and are also great places to spot wildlife. You’ll see ducks, dragonflies, butterflies, wildflowers and important marine plant life. Try the Llangollen Canal in North Wales, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in South Wales or the Swansea Canal in West Wales.

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