Wales is such a varied and diverse region that the opportunities for bird watching
are endless. We have a beautiful coastline, mountains, moorland, lakes and rivers all supporting a vast range of bird species. It you want to research bird watching opportunities in Wales further I would recommend you visit the fatbirder
Our holiday cottage is situated in the small village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. Where is that you may ask? And it is a fair question as it is not somewhere you just stumble upon as we are the last village in the valley. So you really do need a good reason to travel here. And reasons to travel to Llanarmon there are plenty of. Beautiful scenery, plenty of wildlife, two great historic inns and lots of great bird watching in the area. Please get in touch if you are looking for bird watching holiday accommodation in North Wales
. We are just on the border of Powys, Denbighshire and Gwynedd and near Llangollen and Bala.
Following are some of our recommendations for birding in our little corner of North Wales. However, we also have some fantastic bird watching in the Ceiriog Valley itself, often have Red Kites circling over the cottage and a splendid range of birds at the feeders in our paddock. After a busy day bird watching we also have two historic inns within a two minute walk serving wonderful food.
Our cottage is located in the Berwyn Range which forms part of the Berwyn National Nature Reserve
. The reserve is huge – estimates put it at around 20,000 acres most of it moor covered upland. But it also includes areas of heath, bog, grassland, screes, cliffs and quarries. The easiest access point is the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant which is about 10 minutes drive from the cottage. From there you can park at Pistyll Rhaeadr and walk.
Here are some of the birds reported in the Berwyn Range:
Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Curlew, Golden Plover, Snipe, Dunlin, Short-eared Owl, Wheatear, Stonechat, Whinchat and Ring Ouzel.
Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Kite and Hen Harrier.
Pied Flycatchers, Nightjars, Bullfinches,
Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers.