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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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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

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, £42-£155 prpnb

Station Cottage

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-£546 pupw sleeps 1-4

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, £300-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

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-£158 prpnb

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, £500-£1185 pupw sleeps 2-6

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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

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, £50-£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

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-£600 pupw sleeps 1-4

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 pppnb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wildlife & Nature

Places to Visit & Things to Do

Craig  y Cilau

Craig y Cilau Nature Reserve (NRW)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visitor Centre

Elan Valley

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

Living Willow Theatre

Willow Globe

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.

Fantasy Farm Park

Fantasy Farm Park

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

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

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.

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 form the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Cors Caron

Cors Caron Nature Reserve (NRW)

Cors Caron is one of the two remaining large remnants of active raised bog in Wales and is an important refuge for plants, insects, birds and mammals. The bog covers a huge area of around 816 acres and is 6km in length.

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.

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid & 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

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.

Wildlife & Nature

Wildlife Visitor Attractions

Craig  y Cilau

Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve

Craig y Cilau Nature Reserve (NRW), Llangattock, nr Crickhowell, NP8 1LG

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

Ystradlyn 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.

Denmark Farm

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.

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.

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.

Visitor Centre

Elan Valley Visitor Centre

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.

Living Willow Theatre

The Willow Way

Willow Globe, 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.

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.

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

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.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

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 form the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Cors Caron

Cors Caron Nature Reserve

Cors Caron Nature Reserve (NRW), Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JF

Cors Caron is one of the two remaining large remnants of active raised bog in Wales and is an important refuge for plants, insects, birds and mammals. The bog covers a huge area of around 816 acres and is 6km in length.

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.

The Victorian dam

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.

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych NRW

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid & 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.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Visitor Centre (NRW)

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AD

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.

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
date event
Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Lake Vyrnwy
Sun 30 Jun Roundton Bioblitz at Roundton Hill Nature Reserve, Welshpool
Sat 6 Jul National Meadows Day at Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron
Sat 13 Jul Wild Bat Walks at Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron
Sun 14 Jul Nettle Celebration at Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve, Welshpool
Sat 20 Jul Discover Butterflies at Roundton Hill Nature Reserve, Welshpool
Thu 25 Jul Guided Walk at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth
Sat 27 Jul Raptor's with Iolo Williams at Falconry Experience Wales, Machynlleth
Sat 27 Jul Owl Encounter at Good Day Out Experience Days, Brecon
Sun 28 Jul West Wales Shire Horse Society Annual Show at Aberaeron, Aberaeron

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