11 great places to enjoy wildlife and nature in the Brecon Beacons
1. The British Bird of Prey Centre
A fun-packed, full day out, for all ages, based at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. You get to see amazing shows every day at the British Bird of Prey Centre, each starring different species of raptor. Watch Golden eagles, Red kites and Peregrine falcons flying within inches of you, all with the amazing backdrop of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. You can even have a go at flying a bird yourself!
They aim is to give everyone the opportunity to interact with, and learn about, the birds of prey that can be found here in the UK and in doing so inspire communities to ensure their longevity. Find out more here
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.
11. 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.