Ynys Hir RSPB wildlife reserve

RSPB reserve at Ynys Hir (© RSPB)

Looking up the estuary

© Andy Rouse Dyfi Osprey Project

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Bird watchers are spoiled for choice around Aberdovey Hillside Village. The variety of landscapes - coastal, woodland and moorland - provides the opportunity for spotting terns and choughs, buzzards and kites, kestrels and cuckoos, all within a few miles. The feeders around the Village make sure there are plenty of the more familiar bluetits and robins to watch from your balcony or patio. There are also major reserves to visit close by:

RSPB Ynys Hir

A mix of woodland, grassland and saltmarsh means you can see waders (lapwings, redshanks, ducks and geese) plus flycatchers and redstarts. Otters, rare butterflies and mating dragonflies might also grace your visit! (35 mins away)

Dyfi Osprey Centre

See the magnificent Dyfi ospreys close up from the award-winning 360o Observatory at the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Monty and Glesni, stars of BBC Springwatch, return year after year to the rich Dyfi estuary to rear another brood. You can see them from April to September - but the best time is late June, when the chicks are transforming from ungainly chicks into mature adults, ready to undertake the mammoth trip to Africa. Knowledgeable experts are on hand to explain, and CCTV coverage gives everyone wonderful views.

Car parking and cafe on site - but please note dogs are not allowed in the reserve and must be left in your car.

Bird Rock, Dysynni Valley - just half an hour away, this is a lovely spot in a quiet valley the other side of Tywyn. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.