Caws and effect

Caws and effect

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is focusing on bird-watching over the weekend of February 16-17 with the help of experts from RSPB  Cymru and the British Trust for Ornithology.

There will be two guided walks per day on the Saturday (16th) and Sunday (17th)  around the Garden and the Waun Las National Nature Reserve.

The Garden’s Estate manager Tim Bevan says there is every likelihood visiting bird fanciers will see snipe, linnet, dippers and more: “We have a number of different habitats so bird-watchers are in for a treat. We have dabchicks – little grebes – on the lakes; dippers on the streams in Pont Felin Gat; linnet, stonechat and woodpeckers in the woodland; and marsh tits, reed bunting and goldfinches, too.

“We also get visited by winter migrants such as redwing. Hawks, harriers, buzzards, ravens and red kites are a fairly common sight here, too, and I’m sure there will be special brownie points for anyone spotting our resident barn owl.”

There will be two walks per day – at 12noon and at 2pm. Please wear stout footwear and dress appropriately for an hour or so’s walk in February weather. Two excellent guides and bird experts – Daniel Jenkins-Jones, of RSPB Cymru, and Terry Wells, of the British Trust for Ornithology – will be leading the walks as well as offering help and advice on attracting birds to your garden and what best to feed them at different times of the year.

Admission to the Garden is £8.50 (concessions £7) for adults and £4.50 for children. For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email

One Response to “Caws and effect”

  1. Daniel Jenkins-Jones says:

    Diolch i bawb ddaeth gyda fi ar deithiau cerdded RSPB Cymru ddoe yn y Gerddi Botaneg. Uchafbwyntiau oedd gweld barcud, cudyll coch, gwalch bach, corhwyaid, gwyach bach a golygfeydd hyfryd o las y dorlan . . . a chael cwmni da pawb ar y ddwy daith wrth gwrs!

    Thanks to everybody who came with me on the RSPB Cymru guided walks at the Botanic Garden yesterday. Highlights were red kite, kestrel, sparrowhawk, teal, little grebe and fantastic views of a kingfisher . . . and the great company of everybody on both walks course!