Trip Reports & Photos

Nature tours and wildlife experiences in Wales: birds, sea and music – unmissable!

Trip Reports & Photos

Reports of what we saw and experienced on our breaks are published here as soon as they are available, together with photographs.  Trips are in date order, so just scroll down to find the one you want and click the arrow to see a slide show of our photographs. For more details, just click on the trip report link.   If you have any comments, please feel free to send them to us through the comments box at the bottom of this page, or contact us directly.

Autumn Wildlife and Colour, 29th Sept to 2nd Oct 2011 – an Indian Summer in Mid Wales

An early autumn led to an Indian Summer, with glorious hot weather. Fabulous colours, gentle strolls around Abergynolwyn, Talyllyn and Cadair Idris and noisy nuthatches and treecreepers.   With the sun came the flies and midges over the Talyllyn Lake, and thousands of tiny jumping fish, as if the waters were boiling!  And to top it all, a hilarious and thought-provoking account of some Extreme Rambling with Mark Thomas in Aberystwyth Arts Centre……

Summer Glory, 24th June 2011.  Estuaries, yachts and railway flowers – Welsh Wildlife Breaks at the Three Peaks Yacht Race

The Mawddach and Dysynni Estuaries conjure up a breadth of  visions – the Barmouth Bridge and railways, yachting, birdlife, wild flowers, summer holidays and picnics……  Welsh Wildlife Breaks combined all these in a fantastic trip to see the people and workings behind the Three Peaks Yacht Race together with an exploration of the two estuaries.

Early Summer Glory, 14th June 2011. Chicks, Lakes and Lagoons:  Early Summer Wildlife of the Gwent Levels

Short walks for people and dogs around Goldcliff Pill and around Magor Marsh – from waders to warblers, including avocets, oystercatchers, lapwings and dabchicks. See trip report.

Wildflowers and Nesting, 21st – 23rd May.  Birds, Myths and Legends

A wonderful family break at the end of May, from Holyhead to Abergynolwyn, exploring local wildlife, myths and legends along the way.  Puffins, ospreys, garden birds, wizards, magic lakes and butterflies – and more.  See trip report.

Late Winter Wildlife, 4th -6th March 2011.  Welsh Wildlife Breaks at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy, Talyllyn and Aberystwyth

Wonderful late winter wildlife in early March in Mid Wales. Welsh Wildlife Breaks explored the Talyllyn Lake with its wonderful wildfowl, sees the red kite feeding spectacle at Nant yr Arian and witnesses thousands of starlings still arriving at their Aberystwyth roost. A competiton between Welsh choirs provided a fantastic musical interlude.  A wonderful sunny day at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy brings out the birds and lights up the lake with its Sculpture Park.

Winter Wildlife Valentine Break, 12th – 13th February 2011. Welsh Wildlife Breaks at the Newport Levels

A Valentine weekend in the charismatic Gwent Levels, which was teeming with wintering wildfowl and waders. Starlings were still flying into the reedbeds by the mouth of the Usk at the Newport Wetlands to roost in the evening. The magical Magor Marsh shared some of other-worldly secrets with us. For warmth and cheer, St David’s Hall in Cardiff on the 13th Feb provided the grand extravaganza of Simply Big Band.  See trip report.

Winter Wildlife and Song, 8th -10th January 2011.  Swarming Starlings and Flying Kites.

A concert in Aberystwyth featuring our very own Bryn Terfel.   Magical Ynys Hir and its wildfowl, red kites feeding, starlings flocking and a walk around the spectacular Dolgoch Falls.  See trip report.

Summer Glory, 25th June 2010. Nature Tour from the Dyfi to the Mawddach, Between Two Estuaries.

A day exploring the breathtaking landscape of Wales’ south Snowdonia between the Dyfi and Mawddach Estuaries, its birds, flowers, history and theatre.  See trip report.

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