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Wildlife and nature

Whatever time of year it is there is plenty 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.

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 dear, red foxes and the endangered red squirrels, or 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]

Amongst the fauna you can commonly find Oak, Beech, Ash and Yew trees spread across the countryside with wild berries and flowers such as the Snowdon Lily and Bluebells bringing arrays of colour to our meadows. The richness of Wales has naturally led to produce that we think is second to none and earning a worldwide recognition.

Visit Wales suggest 10 of the best wild days out or tours.

Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire was named in the top 10 Zoo's in the World in 2017, in the Tripadvisor travellers choice awards. Opened in 1988 it has recently been awarded a Green Key accreditation in recognition the Zoo's aim to be environmentally responsible. In fact, Solar panels and a biomass system a generate electricity for the fairground. Amongst the 750 animals, visitors can see rhinos, African lions, penguins and giraffes and the child friendly focus has led to the creation of 8 different adventure playgrounds. It's not the only Zoo in Wales though and people living in North Wales can visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo which is also building a great reputation for conservation and teaching. 

[Welsh Wildlife Centre Cardigan]