Mid Wales Countryside



KitesWe are based at the western edge of the Cambrian Mountains, near Devil's Bridge. It is a region of gentle, rather than rugged splendour and one which contains a great variety of scenery and landscapes.

To the east there are spectacular lakes and remote upland scenery.

To the south and south-east lies a vast area of upland wilderness broken only by a few lakes. This is grouse and merlin territory.

Also to the south is Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog) National Nature Reserve (NNR), a famous raised upland bog, full of fascinating plant and bird life.

Other places of interest to the south are scenic valleys near the remains of Strata Florida Abbey and remote upland lakes.

To the north lies Punlumon (Plynlimon), Mid-Wales' highest mountain and the source of the rivers Wye, Severn and Rheidol. A migration stop-over point for dotterel, this is another upland area of great splendour and tranquility and, typical of this area, generally devoid of people.

To the west the Ystwyth and Rheidol rivers flow down their wooded valleys to the nearby coast.

Characterised by their famed hanging sessile oak-woods, gorges and waterfalls they offer tremendous views, both from the valley floors and from the open sheep pastures above the trees.

Even the tracts of coniferous forests vary the landscape and provide habitat for birds such as goshawks, nightjars and crossbills.

Nant yr Arian
Teifi Pools
Devil's Bridge train

 

Our coastline is superb. High cliffs lead north from Aberystwyth to the sand dunes of Ynyslas NNR, the Dyfi estuary and Cors Fochno (Borth Bog) NNR.

Beside the upper reaches of the estuary is the RSPB's Ynys-hir reserve, arguably the most scenically attractive of all their reserves. BBC Springwatch was based there in 2011 and will be broadcast from there this year.

South of Aberystwyth, the Ceredigion Heritage Coast has significant sea-bird colonies as well as vantage points for watching seals and bottle-nosed dolphins.

Over the years we have seen several Otters, including this one on a local beach in July 2013.

 

Llangranog Coastline

Otter on a local beach
Borth Sunset



"Thank you again for the most enjoyable time we had birdwatching with you. The sites you took us to were all so different and your expertise and the company of the other guests resulted in a super experience." Mr and Mrs P (Norfolk).

"We so enjoyed not only the great range of birds but also the fresh air and spectacular scenery. We really appreciated all your expert guidance and all the effort you put into finding the best spots". Ms M (London).

We know of no other area in Britain with such variety of really lovely countryside within a relatively small area. John knows the quiet paths and lanes, the best places to visit at various times of the year and the bird-life to expect, including Ceredigion's scarcer species.

"Your ability to detect, locate and bring into view so many different birds is quite amazing and trips with you are a real education to a beginner like me. Coupled with the beautiful scenery we had an idyllic few days." Mr M (Surrey).

"Thank you again for all the knowledge and enthusiasm you put into giving us such a wonderful insight into the bird life and for driving us around the beautiful countryside of mid Wales. Mrs S (London).

 

Nant y Moch
Lunch at Ynys Hir
Bwlchcryws Pond



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