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Wildlife

Whatever time of year it is, there is a great variety of wildlife to see. Our season links at the bottom of the page provide an overview.

Wales has wildlife to rival anywhere in Europe.  We have 212 nature reserves owned by the Wales Wildlife trusts and 11 Royal Society for the protection of Birds (RSPB) sanctuaries including ancient woodland, farmland, heathland, lakes and large mountainous areas in our National parks and landscapes. Wales is also surrounded by 1200km of rugged coastline and islands which has led to important colonies of seabirds. The islands of Skomer and Skokholm off the Pembrokeshire coast are home to more than half the world's population of Manx shearwaters as well as puffins, gannets and razorbills. The islands are also home to large numbers of grey seals

At sea you can spot Europe’s largest pod of dolphins permanently based in Cardigan Bay West Wales. Two species of seal, porpoise and on occasions whales and leatherback turtles can be spotted in our seas as well. In land, you can find five types of deer, red foxes and the endangered red squirrels. Look up to the skies to see our birds of prey, red kites and ospreys. A detailed list of species can be viewed on the BBC Wildlife and nature site.

[Bottlenosed Dolphins by Nia Haf Jones]

With many areas landscapes to explore, wildlife is easy to find across Wales. Ospreys nest from April to late summer on the Cors Dyfi reserve in Machynlleth. Red Kites can be spotted at the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Llanddeusant in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Other birds of prey regularly seen across Wales include the honey buzzard and marsh and hen harriers. 

Cemlyn on Anglesey is an internationally important site for seabirds with 100 ,000 nesting pairs of sandwich tern. You can see red squirrels on Anglesey, Clocaenog forest and in mid-Wales and visitors often report seeing otters at the lovely Gilfach Farm reserve in Radnorshire. 

[Welsh Wildlife Centre Cardigan]