Search button facebook logo twitter logo

Summer wildlife

two dolphins

Enjoy the outdoors during the long summer days and discover the diverse Welsh wildlife. Explore a range of landscapes, including mountainsbeaches 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.

Head to mid Wales to see ospreys or red kites. Keep a look out for spot pied flycatchers and whitethroats, who come to Wales during the summer to breed.

The Island of Anglesey is a good place to see the rarer indigenous red squirrel, but the more common grey squirrel can be seen in parks throughout the country.

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

The rugged Welsh coastline, with many old shipwrecks off the coast, makes for an exciting dive. Wildlife species such as dolphins in Cardigan Bay are a common sight.

Boat trips

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.

people on boat trip

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.

We’ve also boat trips along canals, including Llangollen canal and Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, where you may spot a grebe, coot, heron or a colourful kingfisher.

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!

All links will open in a popup window.