Wildlife

Wildlife Centre of Wales

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Wales Wildlife Holidays

Rhayader and surrounding areas are important habitats and home to a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.

With so many differnet places to experience nature as it should be, we've complied a pack of local wildlife sites for you here.

 


Download the map of the sites to help you plan your wildlife adventures.

Waun Capel Park Wildlife Walk

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Waun Capel Park Wildlife Walk

A circular walk from car park at the end of the Gasworks Lane off Bridge Street. where there are picnic benches by the river. The walk makes a circuit of Waun Capel Park and the castle mound, a distance of just over one mile / 2 kilometres that takes about an hour to enjoy. Parts of the walk suitable for push chairs are marked on the map.


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Route Name: Waun Capel Wildlife Walk
Length of Route: 1 mile / 2 kilometres
Walking Difficulty: Easy
Start Location: Gasworks Lane, off Bridge Street

Rhayader has a wonderful variety of wild plants and animals living among its buildings, parks and gardens. The fast flowing, boulder strewn River Wye passes right through the town forming a very important natural corridor along which wildlife travels, enriching the town for enjoyment of everyone. 

Valley View Falconry

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Valley View Falconry
Valley View Upper, Llwyn Lane, Nantmel, Nr Rhayader, LD6 5PE

Falconry handling experience.


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Opening Times: By booking only
Entry Cost: See our website
Contact: Valley View Falconry
Tel: 07849 608 633

Sessions last roughly 2 hours and you will get to meet our variety of birds of prey from around the world. We also do gift vouchers. Various breeds of owls, hawks etc. We also have Alpaca's, Rheas, Donkeys, Sheep, any breeds of chickens, Pygmy goats. Tea, coffee refreshments available.

Distance from town centre: 4

Gilfach Nature Reserve

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Gilfach Visitor Centre Marteg
Signposted off the A470 about 3 miles north of Rhayader

Visitor centre – phone for opening times and event details: watch for butterflies, otters and leaping salmon, explore habitats rich in rare and fascinating wildlife, guided wildlife walks and talks.

See more here.


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Tel: 01597 823298

Gilfach is a traditional Radnorshire hill farm that has remained unimproved since the 1960's. Radnorshire Wildlife Trust purchased the farm back in 1988 and with fantastic support from volunteers, spent the next few years renovating the longhouse and barn; restoring the ancient field boundaries and developing a management plan that puts wildlife at its heart.

The farm is registered as an organic holding and is entered in the Tir Gofal agri-environment scheme and the Better Woodlands for Wales scheme. A local farmer works in partnership with us to manage the land for conservation, grazing it using traditional breeds like Welsh black cows and local Welsh mountain-cross sheep. Currently there are some black, horned sheep that look more like goats! These are a black Welsh Mountain/Hebridean cross.

The freehold of this 410 acre (166 ha) reserve was purchased in 1988 with very generous donations from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Countryside Commission, World Wide Fund for Nature, Oakdale Trust, W.A. Cadbury Charitable Trust and many other charitable trusts and individuals.

Gigrin Farm Kite Centre

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Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre
Gigrin Farm, South Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5BL

We are famous for our Red Kite feeding and 100s of red kites descend on the centre every day. We warmly invite you to enjoy this breathtaking experience which takes place daily. We have hides close to the action, and specialist photographic hides for those with larger lenses. We are a 200 acre family-run working farm, set in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking both the Wye and Elan valleys.
Everyone is welcome. We cater for families, specialist photographers, film-makers, schools trips and coaches.


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Opening Times: Feeding 2pm (clocks back) & 3pm (clocks forward)
Entry Cost: £5 Adults, £4 OAPs, £3 Children under 13 (extra charges for specialist hides)
Contact: Chris Powell
Tel: 01597 810243

Wild Red Kites are fed at Gigrin Farm every day of the year. With breathtaking feats of aerial piracy red kites compete with buzzards and ravens for choice pickings. Feeding takes place at 2pm (last weekend in October onwards)

Feeding will be at 3pm ( from the last weekend in March.

Well, no-one tells the kites that the clocks change twice a year!

The crows are first to turn up in trees around the feeding area and make it quite a noisy affair with the calls of jackdaws and carrion crows and the deep ‘cronking’ of ravens. Buzzards and red kites circle overhead; buzzards are far more vocal than kites, their powerful ‘mewing’ carrying a long way. As soon as the meat has been put out the crow family start emerging from the surrounding trees. As the first crows land amongst the meat the kites go on the offensive. Kites watch and wait their chance to furl their wings and dive in, skimming the ground to snatch a scrap before rising suddenly to escape the beaks of the angry crows.

Distance from town centre: 1

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