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Discover Wildlife & Nature In Mid Wales

It is no secret that Mid Wales has an abundance of natural environments and some of the rarest species of birds and animals in the UK (including the Dyfi Ospreys - our latest visitors)

Enjoy the thrill of a wildlife boat trip in Cardigan Bay and you may be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins or a visit to Bwlch Nant yr Arian and you will be sure to see red kites and buzzards overhead.

Mid Wales is like no other place in the UK and offers some of the best wildlife and birdwatching opportunities and you can even get up close and personal with a Falconry Experience Day

View our accommodation recommendations below and take a look at our wide range of nature reserves and visitor attractions.

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Wildlife & Nature

Wildlife Visitor Attractions

Birdwatching

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy, Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

Heather moorland, woodland, meadows, rocky streams and a large reservoir attract a wide variety of wildlife to this reserve set at the southern end of the Berwyn Mountains.

Nature Trails

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy, Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

Rhiwagor Trail (2 miles, 3.2 km); Llechwedd-du Walk (5.5 miles, 9.1 km); Ty Uchaf Walk (5 miles, 7.8 km); Craig Garth Bwlch Trail (3 miles, 4.8 km); Grwn Oer Trail (1-2 miles, 3.2 km)

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW), Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2HZ

Coed y Brenin visitor centre near Dolgellau, is the gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Try world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail.

Badger & Birdwatching at Nannerth

Nannerth Country Holidays, Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA

You are invited for a magical experience in our treehouse hide high in a great oak tree on the old river bank. Beneath is an extensive badger sett which has been colonised over many years.

Nannerth Country Holidays Nature Reserve

Nannerth Country Holidays, Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA

We have a small private nature reserve on our 200 acre organic farm adjoining the Elan Valley and next to the River Wye. Many birds breed here including redstart, pied flycatcher, barn owl and dipper. Mammals include watervole and badgers.

Craig Cerrig Gleisiad & Fan Frynych NRW

Brecon Beacons, NP8 1LG

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

Nature Trails

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, POwys, SY20 8TA

RSPB Ynys-hir Mid Wales, the perfect place on The Coastal Way to unwind amongst stunning wild spaces and spectacular views. For keen wildlife watchers to wild families, amongst the various trails and hides there is something for everyone.

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, POwys, SY20 8TA

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is a wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. You can wonder from oak woodlands to salt marsh with views across the Dyfi estuary. Perfect for nature lovers & families wishing to discover their wild side.

Wildlife Watching

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, POwys, SY20 8TA

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. Located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Ynys-hir has miles of trails, 7 view hides and has been awarded Ramsar, Natura 2000 and SSSI status.

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8PB

The Denmark Farm Conservation Trust is a unique conservation project pioneering the restoration of biodiversity to Britain's farmed countryside.

Wildlife Spotting

Dolphin Spotting Boat trips, Booking Office, The Pier, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9NW

Exhibiting unique rake marks & nicks, the fin is like a finger print & in Cardigan Bay this form of identification is carried out by the SeaWatch Foundation from our vessels. There are approximately 250 identified dolphins in Cardigan Bay!

Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve

Llangattock, Crickhowell, NP8 1LG

Craig y Cilau is of interest to the industrial archaeologist and landscape historian as much as to the naturalist.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW)

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UR

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending from the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Dune Walk

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre, Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

Experience a rich variety of habitat including sand dunes, seashore, farmland and then saltmarsh, with stunning views of the estuary.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre

Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Cadair Idris Nature Reserve

Cadair Idris (NRW), Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX

The Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve is renowned for its striking geology and wildlife. The Minffordd Path to the summit of Cadair Idris is a popular route that leads through the Reserve.

Dol Idris Nature Trail

Cadair Idris (NRW), Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX

Dôl Idris nature trail is located in the parkland on the foothills of Cadair Idris in the south of the Snowdonia National Park. Dol idris has around ¾ miles of accessible paths to take you around the parkland.

Visitor Centre & Tea Room

Cadair Idris (NRW), Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX

Tea room and visitor centre.

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre & Tea Room

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre/Tea Room NRW, Minffordd, Talyllyn, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9AJ

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre & Tea Room is 250 metres from the car park. The Minffordd path to the Cadair Idris summit passes by them.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre

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

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.

Mid Wales Forests & Nature Reserves

Explore over 60 nature reserves and forests across Mid Wales wherever you stay you will have the perfect opportunity to learn more about Mid Wales and it's abundance of wildlife

Nature Reserves & Forests

Wildlife & Nature

Places to Visit & Things to Do

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy is set amidst the remote and beautiful Berwyn Mountains. With spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside, a visit to Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family.

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Coed y Brenin visitor centre near Dolgellau, is the gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Try world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail.

Nannerth Country Holidays

We have a small private nature reserve on our 200 acre organic farm adjoining the Elan Valley and next to the River Wye. Many birds breed here including redstart, pied flycatcher, barn owl and dipper. Mammals include watervole and badgers.

Craig Cerrig Gleisiad & Fan Frynych NRW

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is a wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. You can wonder from oak woodlands to salt marsh with views across the Dyfi estuary. Perfect for nature lovers & families wishing to discover their wild side.

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

The Denmark Farm Conservation Trust is a unique conservation project pioneering the restoration of biodiversity to Britain's farmed countryside.

Dolphin Spotting Boat trips

One and two hour 'Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips' from New Quay within the Special Area of Conservation, enjoying breathtaking views of the welsh coast. Hopefully to encounter dolphins, porpoise and seals on our large stable boats. Book online

Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve

Craig y Cilau is of interest to the industrial archaeologist and landscape historian as much as to the naturalist.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW)

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending from the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Cadair Idris (NRW)

Cader/Cadair Idris meaning 'Chair of Idris' from the giant warrior poet of Welsh legend. Rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge cover over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape.

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre/Tea Room NRW

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre & Tea Room is 250 metres from the car park. The Minffordd path to the Cadair Idris summit passes by them.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.

Dyfi Valley & Coast

The Dyfi Valley opens wide as it approaches the Cardigan Bay Coast and ends in sandy beaches and dunes. It cradles the westerly spur of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, and the southern rim of Snowdonia National Park.

Willow Globe Theatre

This unique nature trail brings Shakespeare's words to life as it links his words back to the animals and plants which inspired them; while taking you on a memorable journey along this magical and enchanting trail.

Dyfi Forest (NRW)

The Dyfi Forest is located mainly to the north of the Afon Dyfi between Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south. Dyfi is a 6000ha forest - a spectacular landscape well worth exploring.

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve

The RSPB welcomes you to our shop by the dam, with its wide range of gifts and books, from where you can access nature trails and information about the surrounding countryside.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.

Fantasy Farm Park

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. It has all the fun of the farm, plus a Petting area, an outdoor Play Area, pedal boats, tractor rides and lots more.

Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre

The Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre provides information and interpretation for visitors to the area.

Wildlife Friendly Accommodation

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Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast

In or near Welshpool

Lane Farm is a traditional 400 acre family organic working beef and sheep farm set beneath the Breidden Hills. Ideally situated to explore The Marches, Shropshire Hills and Mid Wales. Within easy reach of the mountains, lakes & coast.

Farmhouse with 4 rooms, £70 prpn

Coedmor Self Catering Holiday Cottages

In or near Barmouth

Four charming units nestled between the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris mountain range. Minutes away from Barmouth and Dolgellau the cottages are ideally situated for walking, fishing, bird watching or just relaxing.

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

Brynarth Country Guest House

In or near Aberystwyth

17th Century 8 acre property in the foothills of Cambrian Mountains, south of Aberystwyth, near the coast, The Ystwyth & Elan Valleys. Great birdwatching, walking, stunning scenery. Licensed Snug Bar.

Guest House with 8 rooms, £52-£158 prpnb

Nannerth Country Holidays

In or near Rhayader

Choose from 3 quality self catering cottages near Rhayader & The Elan Valley. Set on our 200 acre farm, Nannerth is set in astonishingly beautiful countryside. Relax under the stars in your own private hot tub.

Self-catering with 3 units, £299-£1025 pupw sleeps 2-7

The Straw Cottage

In or near Llandrindod Wells

The Straw Cottage. The romance of a bygone era with modern comfort, no modern gadgets or electricity, lovely comfy beds, H & C shower, woodburning stove and nature on the doorstep. Great for kids. Wonderful walking. Short breaks available.

Glamping with 1 unit, £500-£820 pupw sleeps 4

Granary Cottage

In or near Llandrindod Wells

The perfect place to relax and unwind, Granary Cottage is cosy and well-equipped with panoramic views. The converted granary retains its character whilst providing modern facilities. Peaceful and quiet, surrounded by our own land.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£620 pupw sleeps 1-4

Ffynnon Cadno

In or near Aberystwyth

A warm welcome awaits you at Ffynnon Cadno. Located in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains close to Devils Bridge and Aberystwyth, a perfect place to explore Mid Wales. Red kites guaranteed & ideal for mountain biking at Nantyrarian.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £60-£70 prpnb

Red Kite Cottage (Bwthyn Barcud Coch)

In or near Aberystwyth

Renovated 12th Century Grange Farm barn close to Nant Yr Arian Visitor centre situated at the head of the Melindwr Valley with fabulous views and easy access for walking, bird watching and cycling.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £499-£1126 pupw sleeps 2-6

Helmau Cottages

In or near Dolgellau

Helmau Cottages are situated 2 miles from Dolgellau within the Snowdonia National Park, and just 10 minutes walk direct to the spectacular waterfalls at Torrent Walk and near to Coed Y Brenin mountain-bike centre.

Self-catering with 3 units, £700-£1200 pupw sleeps 2-8

Over the Rainbow Vegetarian Retreat

In or near Cardigan

Over the Rainbow - relaxed, informal eco-friendly vegetarian/vegan country retreat, with quality b&b accommodation in a restored Georgian mansion, totally off the beaten track secluded in acres of woodland/gardens. Green Tourism Gold award.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £50-£175 prpnb

Tanyresgair Cottages

In or near Aberystwyth

Two self-catering holiday cottages in a recent barn conversion, set in a stunning location in mid Wales, on the farm Tanyresgair.

Self-catering with 2 units, £72-£150 pupn sleeps 2

Station House & Station Cottage

In or near Ystrad Meurig

Station House & Station Cottage were originally part of Strata Florida Railway Station and now located by Cors Caron National Nature Reserve and Cambrian Mountains and the Ystwyth cycle trail ideal for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers.

Self-catering with 2 units, £370-£575 pupw sleeps 1-4

Rhoslwyn

In or near Lampeter

Rhoslwyn is a charming detached stone Welsh cottage with garden set in rural surroundings 10 miles from Lampeter. Rhoslwyn sleeps 3 in two bedrooms, dogs welcome. Home cinema. Superfast Fibre WiFi

Self-catering with 1 unit, £340-£522 pupw sleeps 1-3

Madog's Wells

In or near Welshpool

Madog's Wells is situated in eight acres of beautiful countryside with woodland walks all around, plenty of wildlife and is ideal for bird-watching, walking or touring Mid Wales. Three wheelchair accessible cottages sleeping 3-6.

Self-catering with 3 units, £185-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge

In or near Lampeter

The self-catering Eco Lodge at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre provides sustainability and comfort for holidays immersed in Nature.

Alternative Accommodation with 3 units, £495-£785 pupw sleeps 2-6

Bryn Elltyd

In or near Blaenau Ffestiniog

ECO....Bryn Elltyd is carbon neutral. All energy inputs from renewables, located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park at the foot of the Moelwyn mountains, this is an ideal location to explore North Wales.

Guest House with 6 rooms, £70-£97 prpn, £55-£97 prpnb

Caer Beris Manor Hotel

In or near Builth Wells

Listed, Grade II historic manor house, set in 27 acres of parkland overlooking the River Irfon.

Hotel with 22 rooms, £54-£80 pppnb, £99-£160 prpn

Nyth Robin Glamping & Touring Park

In or near Aberdovey

Small, friendly, eco touring site, just outside the pretty seaside village of Aberdovey in mid-Wales, and within the Snowdonia National Park. Secluded site set in 7 ½ acres of private woodland with short walks

Touring Park with 20 pitches, £0-£36 ptpn

Highgate Cottages

In or near Newtown

Set within the extensive grounds of Highgate House. Highgate offers 2 self catering holiday cottages. Dog & Child Friendly. Private trout pond for guests use. Quarry Cottage Sleeps 12 - Orchard Cottage Sleeps 7 - Free Wifi

Self-catering with 2 units, £520-£720 pupw sleeps 6-8

Lon Lodges

In or near Rhayader

Lon Lodges are Award Winning 5-star self-catering lodges, offering a special holiday experience with private spa hot tub in the heart of Mid Wales and the Cambrian Mountains.

Self-catering with 2 units, £730 pupw sleeps 1-6

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