National Garden of Wales Wildlife

Join us for a day of exploring what wildlife the National Botanic Gardens of Wales has to offer. We’ll be exploring the tranquil settings of the newly opened Llyn Mawr at the very bottom of the site, before walking through different habitats in search of butterflies, dragonflies and birds.

Event begins at 11am and ends around 3pm near the Stable Block.
*If you are not a member, you will be required to pay the £11.50 ad, £5.50 child entrance fee to the gardens.

Suitable for children, families and can be adapted for physical disabilities.

Overview:
We’ll meet near the entrance inside and join as a group, introducing ourselves and the itinerary for the day ahead. The location of our tour begins near the arboretum where we will look among the trees and wildflowers for dragonflies and butterflies; our main targets include: Gatekeeper, Southern Hawker, Common Darter, Ringlet, Common Blue, and also listen out for migrant and resident birds.

The tour takes us off the beaten track towards the ‘blue route’ where we’ll hope to see birds such as Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatchers, Red Kites, Swallows, and possibly other migrants like Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Pied Flycatchers. On our way to the newly opened lake and paths, we’ll be keeping an eye out for other dragonflies and butterflies in the area and interesting behaviours such as ovipositing and egg-laying, before finding a suitable location for pack lunches. While walking through this area around the lake, we will make use of the outflow and waterfalls looking for birds such as Dippers and Grey Wagtails that often like the feed near running water.

Our final location after walking around the lake and through the wet woodlands and dense dry woodlands that the area has to offer. We will then enter the final damp and wet woodland in search of the elusive Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, while also looking for Silver-washed Fritillaries. The area is known for them and we will spend a little time trying to listen for their call and hopefully spot some – both species have declined dramatically over the years and a true gem to see nowadays.

We offer these days in partnership with the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and during our tour we will record the wildlife we see and the data will then be shared with the garden itself. The tours happen at three points during the year Spring, Summer and Autumn and the wildlife will vary on each season, some of our targets may also change depending on what is also happening in the gardens such as breeding news on wildlife.

Price per person:
£30 (plus entrance fee if not a member)

Max group size:
25

Upcoming dates:

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