Your guide James Cresswell is a trained geologist, but he also knows a lot about wildlife having previously worked as a safari guide in Kenya and Botswana. He also has 8 years of experience telling people about wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic, and is a wildlife photographer. On these two tours James will take you to his favourite wildlife spots in the Brecon Beacons and in Mid Wales.
2015 Dates: June 27th – August 25th
Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays only
Start point: Your accommodation in the Brecon Beacons N.P. area, or Abergavenny train station, or Brecon bus interchange or Hay-on-Wye bus stop
£35 per person (Group size 4-7)
Minimum spend £140
WILDLIFE AND NATURE IN THE BRECON BEACONS
Tour route map
Pwll-y-Wrach Nature Reserve
Brechfa Pool – This is Brecknock Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. Here it is possible to see the rare aquatic fern called pillwort, and several species of wading birds.
Pwll-y-Wrach Nature Reserve – this is 17.5 hectares of beautiful ancient woodland and hosts the Witches Pool waterfall. Dormice live in the reserve but are very hard to see.
Llangorse Lake – Otters and water voles live here but are very hard to see. However there are very many bird species here that vary depending on the time of year.
The River Usk and Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Llangynidr – We take a 2 mile walk along the beautiful River Usk and return along the canal. There are otters living here but they are hard to see in the day. We may also see Kingfishers, wild ducks and even a jumping salmon.
Talybont Reservoir – This is a great place for bird watching.
A4059 Penderyn Mountain – Along the side of this road are many Welsh Mountain Ponies.
Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad and Fan Frynach National Nature Reserve – this wild mountain region is home to peregrine falcons, ring ouzels, ravens and butterflies.
Welsh mountain ponies
WILDLIFE IN MID WALES
The Elan Valley
Pwll-y-Wrach Nature Reserve
Gilfach Nature Reserve – this is the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s flagship Nature Reserve. We spend the morning walking around around the reserve. The reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The meadows contain a range of ancient grassland species. The Gilfach nature reserve is particularly rich in lower plants, with 413 species of lichen found to date. The species list for birds is currently 73 of which 55 species breed. Insects abound; along the river. The old railway cuttings are a great place to spot butterflies. Larger mammals on the reserve include Otter, Polecat, Stoat, Weasel, Badger, Fox, Hare, and Hedgehog. In 2009 water voles were recorded on the river for the first time, spreading out from a local colony. Bats hibernating in the railway tunnel include Daubentons, Natterers and Brown long-eared among the six species recorded on the reserve.
The Elan Valley – We then tour around the Elan Valley admiring the scenery and Victorian Dams.
Red Kite Feeding Station & Rehabilitation Centre – Gigrin Farm – At 3pm we watch the feeding of the Red Kites. The number of kites using the feeding station can vary anything from a few score to 600 or more depending on weather and time of year.
Pwll-y-Wrach Nature Reserve – the day ends with a visit to Pwll-y-Wrach Nature Reserve which is the Brecknock Wildlife Trust’s most popular nature reserve and is only a few miles away from Tara B&B.
INCLUDED IN THESE TOURS
Guiding and interpretation from Mountain Leader and MSc. geo-scientist.
A luxury homemade picnic lunch from Beeton For Time catering.
NOT INCLUDED IN THESE TOURS