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What to spot

1

Gilfach Farm

Salmon, Otters, Bats, Woodpeckers, Dippers, Goosanders, Anthills, Woodlands, Rivers, Moorland


2

Gigrin Farm

Red Kites, Buzzards, Ravens


3

Aberystwyth Pier

50,000 Starling Murmuration


4

Aberystwyth Harbour and Beach

Otters


5

Sarn Gynfelyn

Common Scoter, Great Crested Grebe, Red Throated Divers, Bottlenose Dolphins, Porpoises, Grey Seals


6

Cenarth Falls

Salmon, Waterfalls, River, Wooded Valley


7

Llanerchaeron

Woodland, Parkland, Lakes


8

Llangorse Lake

Starlings, Kingfishers, Pochards


9

Llyn Mawr

Whooper Swans, Pochards, Wigeon, Goldeneyes, Goosanders


10

Dyfi Estuary

Wigeon, Shelducks, Greenland White-Fronted Geese, Amazing Scenery, Stunning Beaches


Fun facts

  • Salmon have incredible navigation skills and stamina allowing them to return from the Atlantic Ocean to the shallow, gravelly streams in Mid-Wales to spawn. They can leap nearly 13 ft (4m) out of the water to bypass obstacles such as waterfalls.
  • The Greenland White-fronted geese that winter at RSPB's Ynys-hir on the Dyfi Estuary are the only population from the Greenland race to winter in England and Wales.
  • All Red Kites in Wales stem from a single breeding female and today there are over 1,000 breeding pairs of Red Kite across Wales.
  • Llangorse Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Wales (with a circumference of five miles (8km)) and is fringed with extensive reed beds as well as species rich grassland and wet woodland.
  • The Welsh word for Otter is 'Dwrgi' which translates to 'water dog'. They can spend up to four minutes underwater looking for food that includes eels, fish and frogs.
  • Sarn Cynfelin is an unusual shallow sub-tidal reef that runs almost nine miles (14km) offshore. It is thought to be a relic of the last Ice Age. These reefs are great for all forms of underwater life.
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