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What to spot

1

Margam Country Park

Fallow Deer, Ornamental Gardens, Autumnal Colour


2

Llanelli Wetland Centre and the Burry Inlet

Little Egrets, Godwits, Curlews, Pintails, Shelducks, Shovelers, Snipe, Teal, Bitterns, Owls


3

Dinefwr Parkland and Castle Woods

Ancient Woodland, Oxbow Lakes, Veteran Trees, Anthills, Woodpeckers, Tree Sparrows, Whooper Swans, Wigeon, Teal


4

Cwm Clydach

Ancient Woodland, River, Buzzards, Red Kites, Ravens, Redwings, Fieldfares, Nuthatch, Fly Agaric Fungi


5

Kidwelly Quay

Little Grebes, Little Egrets, Pintails, Goldeneyes, Red-Breasted Mergansers, Hen Harriers


6

Dowrog Common

Hen Harriers, Short-Eared Owls, Merlins, Bewick and Whooper Swans, Teal, Wigeon, Shovelers, Snipe, Water Rails, Otters


7

Marloes Peninsula

Marsh Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, Choughs, Stonechats, Snipe, Teal, Shovelers, Gadwalls, Wigeon, Deer


8

Melincourt Waterfalls

Waterfalls, Ancient Woodland, Grey Wagtails, Dippers, Ferns


9

Swansea Bay Blackpill

Sanderlings, Ringed Plovers, Turnstones, Curlews, Redshanks, Bar-Tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers, Mudflats


10

Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Reserve

Starlings, Teal, Wigeon, Mallards, Red and Sika Deer, Salmon, Redwings, Fieldfares


Fun facts

  • Carmarthen Bay and the Bury Inlet is one of the most important winter sites in the UK for the marine duck, the Common Scoter, with up to 22,000 birds regularly counted.
  • The National Wetland Centre near Llanelli has one of the largest roosts of Little Egrets in the whole of the UK, and the largest in Wales. They create a comical sight as they attempt to roost in the same tree.
  • The Fallow Deer herd at Margam Park rivals any in the British Isles. The males sport impressive multi-point antlers to try to impress the females and are symbols of rank.
  • At Dinefwr's historic parkland some of the 'veteran' trees are thought to be over 700 years old and support a high diversity of lichens and invertebrates. The oldest oak in the park started its life in the 14th century.
  • Dowrog Common's rare oceanic heath and wetland habitats support over 350 species of flowering plants and attract wintering wildfowl and amazing birds of prey.
  • Blackpill, Swansea Bay provides an important overwintering and passage site for up to 150 species of birds looking to refuel on their global journeys from Africa to Greenland and the Russian grasslands.
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