Ten great places to enjoy wildlife and nature in the Brecon Beacons National Park
Our National Park is full of places where you and the family can enjoy the wonders of nature. Here is a selection of brilliant spots that are easy to get to.
1. Red Kite Feeding Station
Located at Llanddeusant in the remote western area of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Red Kite Feeding Station attracts over 50 red kites and buzzards every day in a spectacular aerial display. Click here to find out more.
2. Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad and Fan Frynych National Nature Reserve
Southwest of Brecon, this wild mountain region is home to peregrine falcons, ring ouzels, ravens and butterflies. Click here to find out more.
3. Craig-y-Cilau National Nature Reserve
Craig-y-Cilau, near Crickhowell, is a spectacular limestone escarpment which supports its own characteristic fauna including birds and lesser horseshoe bats, and uncommon plants such as mountain melick and mossy saxifrage. Click here to find out more.
4. Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve
The lovely beechwoods at Cwm Clydach, near Brynmawr, provide a habitat for many woodland bird species including nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrowhawks, kestrels and tawny owls. This is also an important area for bats. Click here to find out more.
5. Coed-y-Cerrig National Nature Reserve
Coed-y-Cerrig, north of Abergavenny, is an area of mixed deciduous woodland including mature oak and hazel coppice, rich in wildflowers, fungi, insects and birds. Click here to find out more.
6. Llangorse Lake
There's a beautifully designed bird hide at Llangasty on the southwest shore of Llangorse Lake. The nearby wildflower meadows are alive with butterflies in summer. Click here to find out more.
7. Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Our historic canal is an important wildlife corridor and botanical habitat. As you stroll or boat along, look out for ducks, swans, kingfishers, water voles, dragonflies and, at dusk, bats. Click here to find out more.
The Black Mountains town of Talgarth is an excellent centre for nature-lovers, with superb woods where you can see bluebells, wood anemones and wild garlic in spring. The Brecknock Wildlife Trust's Pwll-yr-Wrach Reserve, Woodland Trust's Park Wood and Llangorse Lake are all close by. Click here to find out more.
9. Talybont Reservoir
The reservoir and its surrounds provide a safe haven for wintering and migrant birds. There's a bird hide at the southern end of the reservoir, overlooking a protected wetland area that floods in winter. Click here to find out more.
10. Waterfalls Country
In the southern part of our Park, you can marvel at the sheer diversity of mosses, liverworts and fungi in the wonderfully rich woods. Click here to find out more.