Nesting, Feeding & Flowers

 

A fabulous time of year, with frenetic wildlife activity. Birds are on the nest, wildflowers provide blankets of colour, more insects are evident, and there are long hours of daylight.

Summer visitors are now in residence – warblers, flycatchers, redstarts, all looking for nest sites. Swallows and martins are nesting, you’ll hear the scream of the swifts and the unmistakeable sound of approaching summer: “cuck-oo, cuck-oo”. On higher rocky ground, wheatear and stonechats are about.  The spectacle of Craig yr Aderyn in the Dysynni Valley is amazing, with cormorants nesting on the ledges and maybe chough announcing their presence with their characteristic call.

Ancient grazing marsh and reens (drainage ditches), estuary, uplands and woodlands makes the Gwent Levels area a veritable paradise for wildlife watchers. Still a stronghold for water voles, otters and breeding lapwings, it’s one of the best wader sites in Wales, with avocets, curlew, black tailed godwits and oystercatchers, all nesting this time of year.

On Skomer Island, the landscape turns from blue, through mauve to pink, as swathes of bluebells give way to red campion, and puffins and other auks start nesting.

Pembrokeshire Taster in spring, May and June 2015,  A few places remaining for 1st – 5th June 2015  Come and see why everyone raves about Pembrokeshire.  A short break visiting Ramsey and Skomer Islands, as well as walking some of the best of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.  Chough, ravens, wheatears, stonechats and amazing wildflowers.   If your time’s limited, this is the break for you.

Fledglings and Feeding, South Wales .   May and June 2015  Eggs have hatched, nestlings have fledged and there’s a frenzy of feeding going on. Come and see the frenetic activity at the Gwent Levels, and see the historic Flat Holm Island and its wildlife.  Enquire for a bespoke break.

Spring Wonders of  Mid Wales,  May and June 2015,  A few places remaining for 4th – 7th May 2015. Eggs have hatched, nestlings have fledged and there’s a frenzy of feeding going on – and ospreys should be around in the Dyfi Estuary.   Come and explore three estuaries and other wonders on mid Wales.