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What to spot

1

Kenfig Dunes

Fen Orchids, Wildfowl, Sand Dunes, Beaches, Wetlands


2

Peregrines in Cardiff City Centre

Peregrine Falcons


3

Newport Wetlands

Avocets, Lapwings, Shovelers, Cetti's Warblers, Bearded Tits, Reedbeds, Saline Lagoons


4

New Grove Meadows Nature Reserve

Green-Winged Orchids, Early-Purple Orchids, Heath and Common Spotted Orchids, Common Twayblade, Cowslips, Butterflies


5

Coed y Bwl Nature Reserve

Ancient Woodland, Wild Daffodils, Bluebells, Woodpeckers, Hawks, Owls, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps


6

Brynna Woods

Woodland, Bluebells, Bats, Common Lizards, Grass Snakes, Dormice


7

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

Woodland, Reedbed, Lakes, Wildflower Meadows, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Water Rails, Waterfowl, Bearded Tits, Butterflies


8

Alun Valley

Rare Butterflies, Heathland, Wildflower Grasslands


9

Parc Slip Nature Reserve

Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Lapwings, Warblers, Dragonflies, Reptiles and Amphibians, Wetlands and Wildflower Meadows


10

Pentwyn Farm

Wildflower Meadows, Green-Winged Orchids, Common Spotted Orchids, Butterflies, Stunning Views


Fun facts

  • Kenfig Dunes is part of the largest active sand dune system in Europe and home to a wide variety of rare plants and animals, including 90% of the UK population of Fen Orchids.
  • Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is famous for the beautiful Dragonflies and Damselflies. These amazing insects were around at the time of the dinosaurs.
  • The only breeding Avocets in Wales are at the RSPB's Newport Wetlands Nature reserve. The bird is the emblem of the RSPB. The name 'Avocet' comes from the word 'avosetta' which could refer to the black and white outfits worn by European lawyers.
  • The Peregrine Falcon that can be seen in the skies of Cardiff is one of the fastest animals in the world with a dive, called a 'stoop', of over 200mph (320km/h).
  • Wales is home to two native daffodil varieties: the Tenby and the Welsh (or Lent) Daffodil. Coed y Bwl nature reserve is one of the few remaining woods where wild daffodils still grow in glorious profusion.
  • The UK has lost nearly 98% of its wildflower meadows but some of the best examples exist in Monmouthshire. For example, New Grove Meadows is home to thousands of Orchids which, set against other wildflowers, give an amazing display of colour.
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