The Brecon Beacons National Park has wildlife in abundance! Here our are top walks to make sure you have a chance at spotting some of our amazing animals…
It’s a birdwatching bonanza on this stretch of the Abergavenn
walk. The banks of the river Usk are home to colonies of aerobatic sand martins, along with brightly coloured kingfishers and goosanders.
It may be man-made, but this 318-acre (129ha) stretch of water is a haven for wildlife. As you pass on the walk from Bwlch to Tor y Foel
, keep your eyes peeled for water birds like pochard, tufted duck, mallard and teal.
Known for unusual alpine-arctic plants like purple saxifrage and serrated wintergreen – found here at their southernmost extreme in the UK – craggy Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad is a natural highlight of both the Glyn Tarrell Geotrail
and the Storey Arms to Visitor Centre
Traeth Mawr and Traeth Fach
These neighbouring marshlands en route to Cefn Llechid
form part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to their natural bounty. As well as unusual bog plants and colourful dragonflies, you may spot birds like snipes, curlews and lapwings.
Explore this undulating common on the walk from the Visitor Centre
and you can expect to spot fork-tailed red kites wheeling in the sky above. Also watch out for colourful butterflies and birds like larks and wheatears.
Llangorse Lake is a fantastic haven for wildlife. Otters and water voles are among the mammals to be found here. More often than not they’re hidden in the reeds, so you’re unlikely to see them, but you won’t miss the birds – warblers, coots, swallows, swifts and large flocks of Canada geese and other migrants congregate at Llangorse at different times of year.
To get a good look, follow the footpath which leads round the western shore to the Llangasty Nature Reserve near Ty-Mawr Farm, or make for the car park near Llangasty church. There’s a beautifully designed timber bird hide in the reserve, looking out over the reeds and the water beyond.
…or why not head to our waterways to spot otters! They can be found in and around most of the waterways in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Spare a thought for otters when you’re choosing your picnic spot – remember, the river bank is their home! Naturally, they suffer from our litter and pollution, so please do your best to leave the waterway as you find it, if not better!
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