[Red Kite - Wales has an estimated 1,000 breeding pairs]
Enjoy the outdoors during the long summer days and discover the diverse Welsh wildlife. Explore a range of landscapes, including mountains, beaches and a unique 870 mile coast path and plus many lakes and rivers.
The summer months are the time to see dragonflies and butterflies such as the Red Admiral, Common Blue and Painted Lady. A good place to spot butterflies is one of the many gardens in Wales, feeding off the nectar of some of many plant species.
Places to see wildlife
Take a trip to one of our three national parks or perhaps try one of the five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’ve also got 74 National Nature Reserves, as well as many local Nature Reserves, Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves.
A summer favourite of many children is exploring rock pools at beaches along the coast. You may find creatures such as crabs, mussels, perhaps even a starfish.
There are many places to go. We suggest beaches in Ceredigion including Borth and Aberystwyth, Benllech Beach in Anglesey, Caswell Bay or Blue Pool in the Gower Peninsula. Blue Pool, close to the popular Rhossli Bay in the Gower was named by TV programme Coast as the best rock pool in the UK and featured on Countryfile’s top 10 list too.
During the summer there are regular trips to see wildlife. Trips to Skomer Island run from 1 April until 31 October but don’t leave it too late if you want to see puffins, as they leave in August. June and July are good months to see these colourful birds. The Skomer Island blog is an interesting read.
Other suggested trips are spotting whales and dolphins near Ramsey Island in West Wales, or take a trip to see cormorants on the bird reserve of St Margarets, not far off the coast of Tenby/Saundersfoot.
Did you know that many stretches of Wales' rocky coast are protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest? This will ensure that future generations can enjoy rock pools too. Be sure to check the tide times before you go!
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- Natural Resources Wales
Map with suggestions for days out
- Wildlife Trusts Wales
There are six trusts in Wales. The Wildlife Trust in Wales looks after 230 nature reserves in Wales.
- Fat birder
Wildlife site with lots of information on bird spotting in Wales.
- Visit Wales - wildlife, flora and fauna
For more information on Welsh wildlife