Wild Wales

Tuesday 01 May 2012

Wales on the west coast of Great Britain is an excellent destination to spot wildlife. Visitors to Wales are in for a treat as some of the UK’s best loved creatures live along the coastline and in the skies above its spectacular green and mountainous landscape.

Top 5 wildlife to see in Wales in spring and summer

1. Colourful Puffins

> A little way off the north Wales and Anglesey coastline lies Puffin Island. The uninhabited island is a haven for wildlife and attracts not only Puffins but up to 12 other species of seabird as well as noisy grey seals. To see the Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills up close take a wildlife cruise around the island which also features panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountains. Visitors can take an RSPB Puffin Island Wildlife Cruise from Beaumaris Pier throughout spring and summer.

2. Wild Bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphin (c) Simon Greig Visit the mid Wales coast to see one of nature’s magical displays, a pod of wild dolphins. At Newquay harbour take a boat trip around Cardigan Bay, home to one of only two resident groups of Bottlenose Dolphins in the UK. Watch the dolphins play in their natural environment and admire the beautiful views of the Ceredigion coastline. Newquay Boat Trips offer 1- and 2-hour dolphin spotting cruises.

3. Osprey in Wales

Osprey (c) Dyfi Osprey Project If you’d like to see a bird of prey in the wild, come to Wales and view the magnificent Osprey. During the spring and summer months the large white and mottled coloured birds can be seen at two locations in Wales where they come to breed. Visit the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve in Mid Wales or RSPB Glaslyn Osprey in rugged north Wales; both have excellent views of Ospreys and their nests.

4. Atlantic Grey Seals around Ramsey Island

Atlantic Grey Off the coast of Pembrokeshire is the RSPB Nature Reserve of Ramsey Island. It’s mostly associated with seabirds, but it’s also home to one of Britain's largest breeding Atlantic Grey Seal colonies. Visitors during late summer can see the seals on beaches and coves around the island along with many different species of seabird that live on the island’s cliffs. You can take boat trips to Ramsey Island with St Davids and Ramsey Island Voyage Discoveries.

5. Dancing Black Grouse

Black Grouse (c) RSPB For something a little different, wildlife lovers can see the dancing displays of the Black Grouse during mating season. From April until the end of May, male black grouse will be strutting around, bobbing their white tails in a bid to impress the females. This rare event can be witnessed at Coed Llandegla Forest in North Wales. Visitors will have to get up early to go on a Black Grouse Watch with the RSPB. Thanks to Simon Greig for the dolphin image

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