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Autumn wildlife

Seal pup Ramsey Island

Whatever the season in Wales, there’s a variety of wildlife to see and autumn is no exception.

Seals and sea life

Pembrokeshire is a great place to see baby seals, around the coast and islands. Take a trip to Ramsey Island or around the island during the autumn and you may see some of the seal pups. Each autumn several hundred seals are on the island. Skomer Island is another haven to see seals, with trips running until 31 October.  You may also see whales and dolphins. 


Autumn is the season when the deer rut. Powis CastleMargam Country Park and Dinefwr Park are good places to see wild fallow deer.

Woodland wonder

Autumn is a great time to visit a woodland. See the changing colours of the trees and watch birds and animals collecting nuts, seeds and berries. You may see squirrels. The grey squirrel was introduced to Britain in 1876 and is now the dominant species in much of Wales. On the Isle of Anglesey, native red squirrels thrive. 

Flocking birds

Birds start to migrate south, with some leaving Wales, while others head here to spend the winter. The sounds and sights of flocking birds are one of the UK's iconic autumn wildlife spectacles at Llanbwchllyn, or watch the feeding time of hundreds of red kites at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Forest Centre and Gigrin Farm in mid Wales.

Where to see wildlife

There are many places to see wildlife throughout Wales. As well as many parks, we've five designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three National Parks.

There are 74 National Nature Reserves in Wales, as well as many local Nature Reserves, Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves.

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