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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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From hotels, to glamping and everything in-between. These accommodation providers offer the 'wildlife enthusiast' something special.


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Farmyard gardens next to Granary

Nannerth Country Holidays

In or near Rhayader

Choose from 3 quality country dwellings on our 200 acre farm, set in astonishingly beautiful countryside. Explore from the door, see the wildlife, discover the Elan Valley which joins the farm, relax under the stars in your private hot tub.

Self-catering with 3 units, £272-£993 pupw sleeps 2-7

Ty Golchi

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, £600-£2100 pupw sleeps 2-8

Rhoslwyn

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, £306-£510 pupw sleeps 1-3

Station Cottage and Station House

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, £315-£560 pupw sleeps 1-4

Red Kite Cottage - Aberystwyth

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

Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast

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, £60 prpn

Madog's Wells

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-£685 pupw sleeps 1-6

Over the Rainbow, Vegetarian Retreat

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

4 poster bedroom

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

The Straw Cottage

The Straw Cottage

In or near Llandrindod Wells

The Straw Cottage. The romance of a bygone era with 2019 comfort, no modern gadgets or electricity but 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

Sitting Room

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

Bryn Elltyd

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, £50-£92 prpnb

Farmhouse

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-£165 prpnb

Tanyresgair Cottages

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, £70-£180 pupn sleeps 2

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge nestles in nature

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, £395-£685 pupw sleeps 2-6

Broneirion Lodge from the road

Broneirion Lodge

In or near Llandinam

Broneirion Lodge is a beautiful Victorian stone cottage set just above the River Severn and the village of Llandinam. Sleeping up to 6 it is ideal for families and couples and is a perfect base for exploring the attractions of Mid Wales.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £450-£600 pupw sleeps 6

Caer Beris - Builth Wells

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.

Country House Hotel with 22 rooms, £50-£80 pppnb, £140-£160 prpn

The Drawing Room - perfect for relaxing

Broneirion

In or near Llandinam

20 bedrooms sleeping up to 55 guests. Set in 5 acres of landscaped grounds just above the River Severn. Self-catering or catered option. Located at the gateway to the Cambrian Mountains - perfect for exploring Mid Wales and beyond.

Groups Hostel with 19 bedrooms, £1800 pppn

Nyth Robin

Nyth Robin Campsite

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

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

Patio overlooking pool

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

Wildlife & Nature

Places to Visit & Things to Do

Living Willow Theatre

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.

RSPB Ynys-Hir

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

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.

Fantasy Farm Park

Fantasy Farm Park

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside.

Dyfi Forest

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.

Arrive by CAT's water-balanced cliff railway

Centre For Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre with seven acres of hands-on displays, examples of environmentally responsible building, renewable energy, organic gardens and kids’ holiday activities.

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

A circular walk that takes you deep into the wooded gorge with spectacular views of the 300ft Mynach Waterfalls. A challenging walk that takes at least 45minutes which includes many steep steps.

Dunes at Ynylas Las

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.

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy

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.

The Wye at Nannerth

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.

Visitor Centre

Cwm Elan | Elan Valley

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre has information about the area, an exhibition, cafe, audio-visual show, play area and toilets.

Dyfi Biosphere

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (Dyfi)

UNESCO has designated the area in and around the Dyfi estuary, Aberystwyth and surroundings as a Biosphere Reserve – a special place, internationally recognised and one of only six in the UK

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

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.

Denmark Farm

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

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

Dyfi Biosphere

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.

E & C Falconry Experience

E & C Falconry Experience

We offer an amazing opportunity to be up close and personal with our birds of prey!

Lake Vyrnwy

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

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Coed y Brenin visitor centre 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.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

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.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Visitor Centre (NRW)

Bwlch Nant yr Arian has been awarded the Gold Award by Visit Wales for attractions which make an exceptional effort to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for their visitors.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

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.

Wildlife & Nature

Wildlife Visitor Attractions

Living Willow Theatre

The Willow Way

Willow Globe Theatre, Llanwrthwl, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6NN

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.

Wonderful woods RSPB Ynys-hir

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

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.

Aerial view of RSPB Ynys-hir reserve

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.

Fantasy Farm Park

Fantasy Farm Park

Hafod Peris, Llanrhystud, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5DA

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside.

Family walking up the Allt Wylly incline.

Abergynolwyn Trails

Dyfi Forest (NRW), Gwynedd, SY20 8QJ

Nant Gwernol, a rocky river gorge & waterfalls, lies above the picturesque Tal-y-llyn valley in the shadow of Cader Idris. The trails follow the riverside and explore the remains of Bryn Eglwys Slate Quarry. Grid Reference: SH681067

Dyfi Forest

Dyfi Forest

Dyfi Forest (NRW), Gwynedd, SY20 8QJ

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.

Quarry Trail

Quarry Trail

Centre For Alternative Technology, Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ

The trail explores the wildlife and biodiversity of the old slate quarry on which CAT is built and looks at the history of changing land-use and industry in the area.

Punchbowl & Three Bridges

Nature Trails @ Devil's bridge Waterfalls

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail, Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW

Take a walk along the Nature trail and see the spectacular 300ft waterfalls with the 3 bridges, built one on top of the other. Alternatively you can take a short 10 minute walk to see the unique three bridges built one on top of another.

Easrly marsh orchid

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.

Dunes at Ynylas Las

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.

Lake Vyrnwy

Children's Puzzle Trails

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Llanwddyn, Oswestry, SY10 0LZ

Try out Lake Vyrnwy's two new Children's Puzzle Trails! The trails are the Animal Puzzle Trail set in the spectacular surroundings of the Sculpture Park below the dam. The trails are designed to be educational and fun.

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve

Llanwddyn, Oswestry, SY10 0LZ

Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family. Nature reserve, Victorian dam, Sculpture Park, Wild Playground, children's activities, waterfalls, walking trails and stunning scenery all year round.

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Visitor Centre

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Llanwddyn, Oswestry, SY10 0LZ

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.

Lake Vyrnwy

Sculpture Trail

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Llanwddyn, Oswestry, SY10 0LZ

Walk the award winning Lake Vyrnwy Sculpture Trail with superb works of art dotted around the shores of the lake. The sculpture trail will help tens of thousands people who visit the lake each year to discover artwork.

Badger & Birdwatching at Nannerth

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.

The Wye at Nannerth

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.

Visitor Centre

Elan Valley Visitor Centre

Cwm Elan | Elan Valley, Nr Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre has information about the area, an exhibition, cafe, audio-visual show, play area and toilets.

Dyfi Biosphere

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (Dyfi)

Mid Wales, SY20 8ER

UNESCO has designated the area in and around the Dyfi estuary, Aberystwyth and surroundings as a Biosphere Reserve – a special place, internationally recognised and one of only six in the UK

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

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.

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

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Sat 30 Nov - Sun 1 Dec Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Lake Vyrnwy
Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec Optics Weekend at RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, Machynlleth
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Lake Vyrnwy
Sun 16 Feb Planetarium Show: Planets Around Distant Stars at Cwm Elan | Elan Valley, Rhayader
Sat 18 Apr Sioe Feirch Llanbed/Lampeter Stallion Show at Llanbedr Pont Steffan | Lampeter, Lampeter

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