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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

Coed Y Brenin

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

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

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.

Cadair Idris Nature Reserve

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.

Cadair Idris Nature 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.

Ty Cadair tea room and visitor centre

Visitor Centre & Tea Room

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

Tea room and visitor centre.

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.

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.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB

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.

Craig  y Cilau

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.

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.

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.

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.

E & C Falconry Experience

E & C Falconry Experience

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

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

Bottlenose dolphin flipping a fish

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!

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

Events from
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Wed 19 Feb Paint your own nest box and make a bird feeder at Cwm Elan | Elan Valley, Rhayader
Thu 20 Feb Paint your own nest box and make a bird feeder at Cwm Elan | Elan Valley, Rhayader
Fri 21 Feb Paint your own nest box and make a bird feeder at Cwm Elan | Elan Valley, Rhayader
Sat 18 Apr Sioe Feirch Llanbed/Lampeter Stallion Show at Llanbedr Pont Steffan | Lampeter, Lampeter

Wildlife & Nature

Places to Visit & Things to Do

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.

Cader Idris / Cadair Idris

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.

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.

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.

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.

Craig  y Cilau

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.

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.

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.

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.

E & C Falconry Experience

E & C Falconry Experience

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

A group of bottlenose dolphins breaching

Dolphin Spotting Boat trips

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

Ystradlyn Centre

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Royal Welsh Showground

Royal Welsh Showground

Location of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society at Llanelwedd and the venue for a number of events throughout the year, including the now famous Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.

Fantasy Farm Park

Fantasy Farm Park

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

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.

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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-£1500 pupw sleeps 2-8

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

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, £299-£993 pupw sleeps 2-7

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

The Straw Cottage

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.

Alternative Accommodation 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

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-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

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, £323-£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, £342-£560 pupw sleeps 1-4

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Lon Lodges

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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