Plan Your Stay on Cardigan Bay

Birds and Wildlife of Cardigan Bay

Red Kite by Janet Baxter Photo of Red Kite - Janet Baxter

You must visit West Wales to see the rare and beautiful Red Kite in its natural environment.

West Wales was the last outpost of these once common birds of prey. Hundreds of years of persecution reduced their numbers to a few pairs living in the Tywi and Cothi valleys. Fortunately the efforts of dedicated conservationists has saved the Red Kite from extinction and there are now more than 200 pairs in Wales.

You may well see Red Kites as you walk the coast path or drive the lanes of Cardigan Bay. Or you can visit the centres at the bottom of this page, each is different so try to fit them all into your itinerary.


Redshank - Andreas Trepte Photo of Redshank - Andreas Trepte

Redshanks, Oystercatchers and Curlews are found along Cardigan Bay. Gwbert along the road to Mwnt from Cardigan, as you walk along beside the Teifi estuary, is an excellent place to find wading birds at low tide.


Curlew - Andreas Trepte Photo of Curlew - Andreas Trepte


Oystercatcher - By Fir0002 (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 (], via Wikimedia Commons Photo of Oystercatcher - Fir0002


Buzzard - click for video Screenshot of BBC buzzard video

This video is from the BBC series filmed in Wales. It contains images of the buzzard feeding on a dead sheep, but also wonderful pictures of the buzzard flying and hopping over the ground. You can distinguish the buzzard from the slightly larger Red kite, by the tail feathers, the red kite has a forked tail but the tail of the buzzard is fan shaped.


Lizard in garden - J Davies Photo of Lizard in garden - Jane Davies

Lizards, slow worms and adders can be seen on hot sunny days, lizards seem to enjoy the warmth of sun warmed wood as hear on a garden bench in a Cardigan garden. Adders sometimes basc in the sun on the coast paths, be cautious when sitting on stones by the path.


Chough by Malte Uh Photo of Chough - Malte Uh CC-BY-SA

Choughs nest in cliffs crevices and caves, and can be found most of the year along the coast path, in particular between Penbryn and Llangrannog. Wales is fortunate to have a growing population of choughs. Llisten out for the loud 'chow' call that gives the bird its name. You can distinguis a chough from a raven or crow by it's red beak and legs.


Gannets - Pembrokeshire County Council Photo of Gannets - Pembrokeshire County Council

Locations for bird watching with information

Ynys-Hir RSPB reserve near Machynlleth

Nant-yr-Arian Forest Visitor Centre near Aberystwyth.