Spring is a great time to take a walk and explore the countryside and coast in Wales. Wherever you go, even in our towns and cities, you are never far from wildlife. Take a walk in a park, see and hear the birds, and watch as squirrels run from tree to tree.
The countryside is full of life in spring, as trees regain their leaves and flowers bloom. If you take a walk in early spring, you will see many flowers, such as snowdrops and crocuses.
Later in the season, carpets of bluebells can be seen. One of the best places to see bluebells is Castle Woods in Dinefwr Park, home to fallow deer and a wealth of wildlife. In late spring the tulips bloom - and of course during spring, you will see daffodils - one of our national emblems.
Spring is a time of change when winter visiting birds depart and other birds return to Wales to nest. Species including swallows, chiffchaffs and house martins can be spotted. Birds will be courting a mate and singing a song. Then they gather materials for their nests and later on the young birds emerge. From April until September, you can visit the Dyfi Osprey Project at the Cors Dyfi Reserve in mid Wales. Watch these birds of prey in an elevated bird hide and the upper level of the 360 Observatory. The reserve is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
The coast and Welsh Islands
Our coasts and seas are brimming with life too, with many sightings of dolphins off the coasts of Wales. A walk along the Wales Coast Path is a great way to see nature. In 2017 Wales has been awarded a record 50 blue flag status sites, including 45 beaches.
There are several islands off the coast to explore with regular boat trips around or to some of these islands. Why not visit Skomer Island, where you go on a day trip and can even arrange to stay overnight. Trips to the island run from 1 April until 31 October each year. The island is home to a wealth of wildlife including puffins, kittiwakes and Atlantic grey seals and the carpet of bluebells looks amazing!
Another of the islands is Skokholm. Skokholm’s rocky cliffs provide a breeding habitat for Guillemots, Puffins and Razorbills. Skokholm is an internationally important seabird colony. There are approximately 120,000 breeding pairs of Manx Shearwaters on Skomer and 45,000 on Skokholm – amongst the largest concentration of the species in the world.
Places to see wildlife in Wales
You can find a whole variety of species in Wales including ospreys, puffins, grey seals and dolphins.