Birdwatching in West Wales
West Wales is probably most famous for its flourishing population of Red Kites. We often see one or two gliding silently above the farm. There are several unusual birds around Lanlas. We try to maintain an up-to-date list of birds which we see and keep the BTO website updated. This should give you an idea of birds that you may see during your stay. We can direct you to some good places for birdwatching.
At Tregaron, the Red Kite Centre has plenty of information about Red Kites There are Kite feeding stations within a short drive of Lanlas Holiday Cottages at Nant Yr Arian and slightly further afield at Gigrin. At both locations you can watch large numbers of kites coming into feed at set times in the afternoon. Well worth a visit.
There are several RSPB reserves close by including Cors Caron, near Tregaron, where you can see Kites feeding during the winter, a beautiful little reserve at Dinas and at Ynys-Hir, to the north of Aberystwyth in the Dyfi estuary.
The Cardigan Bay Heritage Coastline and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are a short drive away. The tiny island of Skomer is well worth a visit in early summer to see the Puffins nesting, as well as the abundant sea life surrounding the island.
The National Wetland Centre Wales is south of Carmarthen near Llanelli - a good opportunity to see a wide range of wetland birds at different times of the year.