Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre

Rhayader, Powys, Mid Wales, LD6 5BL

Gigrin Farm was the first place in Mid Wales to really attract red kites (Milvus milvus), or Barcud Coch as we call then in Welsh, by putting out food for them every day. There were once only a couple of breeding pairs left in Mid Wales as they had been driven towards extinction. Thanks to the red kite centre, the population has grown massively and they're now a common sight in the skies over Mid and North Wales. Keep your eyes peeled for their distinctive forked tail! Find out more about return of the red kite at Gigrin Farm.

A wooden bird hide with people using binoculars looking out.
Hundreds of red kites swooping down to collect food on the ground.

Feeding time at the Red Kite Feeding Centre, Gigrin Farm, Rhayader, Mid Wales

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

Natural Resources Wales manage the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth. The centre is a great family day out with dedicated trails for mountain bikes, runners, walkers and horse riders, and a lovely café and visitor centre. Bwlch Nant yr Arian has been a red kite feeding centre since 1999. Follow the easy access Barcud Trail to get the best views for the daily kite feeding, which is next to the lake.

View of Bwlch Nant yr Arian lake
A red kite in flight.

Red kite feeding at Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, and a red kite in flight

The British Bird of Prey Centre

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN

Entry to the impressive British Bird of Prey Centre is included when you buy a ticket to the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Here, you'll find a wide range of carefully designed aviaries to wander round, full of captive-bred native raptors, including eagles, red kites, peregrine falcons and owls. There are usually three flying shows a day, giving all the birds a chance to stretch their wings outdoors. If you've ever wanted to learn how to fly a raptor or an owl, their flying experiences (extra cost) are suitable for all ages and abilities, and can be adapted to individual needs.

Falconry Experience Wales

Llwyn Celyn, Adfa, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3DG

Falconry Experience Wales is a birds of prey conservation and education centre based in Mid Wales, with over 30 years experience caring for these incredible birds. The falconry centre is home to peregrine falcons, lanner falcons, harris hawks, kestrels, eagles, owls, and of course, native red kites and buzzards. Visit them to see stunning falconry displays, take part in bird encounters, and find out how they support conservation, rehabilitation and reintroducing rare species back to Wales.

Wings of Wales

Pantcefnffordd Farm, Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF44 9JR

Head to the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) for the Wings of Wales bird of prey experience. The birds being cared for here include an endangered African griffon vulture, eagles, eagle-buzzards, owls and an Australian boobook. The team has worked on birds of prey conservation all over the world, and now share their vast knowledge through falconry displays, experience days and conservation talks.

E & C Falconry Experience

Gwern-Hesgog, Nantmel, Rhayader, Powys, Mid Wales, LD6 5PE

Eddie and Cara of E & C Falconry Experience offer bespoke falconry experiences at their animal-filled home in rural Mid Wales. They love sharing their knowledge about their beautiful birds, which include owls, hawks, kestrels and falcons. You'll need to book your session in advance. These are suitable for all ages and abilities. On offer are an Introduction to Falconry Session, or a Hunting Exhibition, where you'll meet and learn about the birds and see them in action. You can also book them for events, including weddings, birthday parties and educational visits.

A white owl in flight at a falconry display.
An eagle in flight at a falconry display.

A falconry display at The British Bird of Prey Centre, Middleton Hall, Carmarthenshire, West Wales

See ospreys in the skies

While you can't 'meet' our ospreys in person, there are several places in Wales where you can see them flying in the wild. Once extinct in Wales, these powerful fish-eating birds of prey have been re-introduced in more remote areas of our country. Ospreys migrate from Africa to breed, usually spending time in the UK between March and September before heading back to warmer climes for winter. 

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve near Machynlleth, Glaslyn Ospreys near Porthmadog, and Llyn Brenig Lake and Visitor Centre near Corwen have purpose built nesting towers. They provide binoculars and telescopes so you can take a closer look at the nests. You can also watch live action from these nests online via webcams. These brilliant organisations have successfully supported osprey pairs to raise families for many years now. You might also spot ospreys flying high above Llyn Clywedog near Llanidloes, where a pair nest in the native woodlands of Hafren Forest.

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