Bird Watching Cardigan Bay
Bird Watching at Troedyhiw
The holiday cottages at Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages are ideally located for exploring some of the best birdwatching locations in the Wales. With some of the finest nature reserves in the country, and with its unique position on the West coast of Wales, whether you are a seasoned ‘twitcher’ or enthusiastic amateur; West Wales remains a top birdwatching destination.
The Cardigan Bay coast is the home of the Wildlife Trust’s of South & West Wales.
The Teifi Marshes is situated on the floor of the wide pre-glacial channel left by the former course of the Teifi and now occupied by the river Piliau, which meanders through the marshes in a narrow but deceptively deep cut. A range of habitats is supported, from open pasture and well wooded hedgerows, through Alder and Willow carr, freshwater marsh with open pools and reedbeds to tidal mudbanks.
Flooding is extensive in winter, when the area attracts large numbers of wildfowl, notably Teal, Wigeon and Mallard. Water Rail are present in winter in considerable numbers, and other regular winter visitors include Snipe, Curlew and Lapwing. Peregrines hunt over the marshes. Breedings birds include Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s Warblers and both Whitethroats, Shelduck and Moorhen. Herons also breed nearby.
Otters and Mink are present in the marshes, Water Shrews are numerous and Sika and Red Deer are now present. Fish species include Lamprey, Stickleback, Mullets, Eel, Sewin and Salmon. Frogs and Toads are numerous and both Grass Snakes and Adders are present on the reserve. The rich assemblage of dragonflies include Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser, Southern Hawker and Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly. Water Buffalo are used to graze the site at certain times of the year.
At Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages we are located in the Nant Arberth valley surrounded by ancient semi natural woodland which stretches the length of the valley where it meets the river Teifi. There are regular sighting of Buzzard, Red Kite, Heron, Greater and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Dippers, Chiffchaff, Tawny Owl and Sparrowhawk with Woodcock visiting in winter.