Wonderful Wildlife in Wales!

Of the many places within the British Isles that offer the day tripper, casual visitor or holidaymaker an outstanding experience in terms of landscape and wildlife, Wales is right up there in the premier league.

The Best in Wildlife

Wales offers unrivalled access to some of the most beautifully lush, verdant countryside, rugged mountain areas and unspoiled beaches. Couple this rich and varied landscape with sightings of some of the most unusual and rare animals and birds that make their homes within the trees, fields and surrounding waterways and Wales becomes the perfect destination for any animal lovers out there hoping for a memorable holiday.

Species to Look Out for When Visiting Wales.

Grey Seal: Over in the stunning county of Pembrokeshire, there is a five thousand strong colony of this delightful creature. It’s known as a grey seal, but when its coat becomes wet it turns black. This makes them incredibly easy to spot when they’re swimming near to the surface of the sea. The male of the species is particularly weighty, weighing up to three hundred kilograms, whilst the female seals are as much as twenty five per cent less in both length and bulk.

Red Kite: Majestic and breathtaking to watch, the Red Kite has a wingspan of around two metres, despite only being a relatively small bird. Sadly, this beautiful creature was considered vermin in previous centuries and therefore allowed to be exterminated. Happily this is no longer the case and they are now a conservation species. You can watch them being fed daily at various sites through Wales, including the Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding And Rehabilitation Centre at which it’s estimated between two and five hundred Kites visit every single day!

Osprey: Taking a trip to Pont Croesor will mean you are able to watch Ospreys in their habitat. They like to nest where there are plenty of conifers and places where they can find lots of fish to eat. An Osprey chick has a wingspan of well over five feet before it leaves it’s nest and typically, the nests they are reared in span six feet in diameter.

Skomer Vole: This cute little creature is indigenous to the island of Skomer, Pembrokeshire and estimates claim that it has been around since the Ice Age. On Skomer Island there are around twenty thousand voles. Compared to other creatures they have a relatively short life span of around eighteen months. They provide a real boost to the ecology of Skomer and are a source of food for many of the birds of prey found there.

Puffin: Also to be found on Skomer Island, Puffins are to be found soaring way into the sky and provide one of the main wildlife focuses for people visiting. Their chicks hatch in May and you will be able to watch the adult Puffins taking fish to their incubating young during this time, though they feed underground at first. It is quite a welcome privilege to be able to see them swooping for food and carrying it away and eventually see the youngsters emerging from their nests.

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This article was submitted by British blogger Francesca on behalf of Pontcysyllte aqueduct and canal in Wales. For more information about Welsh wildlife and where you can spot it, visit their website.

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