Wonderful Wildlife and Nature Attractions

The best places to see birds and other wildlife when you stay at our cottages.


Wildlife and Nature in Mid West Wales

One of the best things about our location is the abundance of wildlife and nature in Mid West Wales. Even around the cottages in the meadows you will see a wonderful variety of birds. Our all year round residents include Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Redstarts, Woodpeckers, Red Kites, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Tawny Owls, Ravens, Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Blue, Great and Cole Tits, Robins, Magpies and Jays . In spring and summer we have Goldfinches, Wagtails, Long-Tailed Tits, Swallows, Cuckoos and a fleeting visit from the Housemartins. In Autumn & Winter we look forward to seeing Bullfinches, Redwings, Fieldfares and our local murmuration of Starlings. But there is so much more to see just a short drive away – here are some of our favourite spots.

Dolphin Watching

Wildlife and Nature in Mid - West Wales Dolphin watching New Quay

Cardigan Bay is home to Britain’s biggest resident population of dolphins – New Quay is a hotspot to see them. It is just 30 minutes away from Coedmor Cottages. Harbour porpoises are also frequently seen and if you’re really lucky the odd Orca or humpback may swim by!

You can sometimes spot dolphins from New Quay harbour wall or while walking the coastal path. To increase your chances, take one of the daily charter boats out into the bay from New Quay Main Pier.

Dolphin Spotting Boat trips offer a variety of different cruises. As well as dolphins and porpoises you may also see grey seals and you are guaranteed to see a variety of seabirds.

RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas

Wildlife and Nature in Mid - West Wales - Pied Flycatcher RSPB Gwenffrwd Dinas

This reserve is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Cambrian Mountains. It is home to all sorts of birdlife including Red Kites, Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts, Common Sandpipers, Dippers and Grey Wagtails.

Dinas nestles along steep sided valleys clothed in woodland and bisected by fast flowing rivers. In May the woodlands are covered in a carpet of Bluebells. It is close to Llyn Brianne so worth combining a visit to both in the same day.

The Dinas trail is open from dawn till dusk, and the trail takes about 2 hours to complete. There is a boardwalk at the start of the trail from the carpark, however the majority of the trail is rugged, steep in places and next to a fast flowing river and to fully complete requires some scrambling.

Find out more: RSPB Gwenffrwd- Dinas

Welsh Wildlife Centre & Teifi Marshes

The stunning Teifi Marshes near Cilgerran is one of the best wetland sites in Wales. It is home to some of the most wonderful flora and fauna in the UK with a diversity of habitats to explore.

In winter the area attracts large numbers of wildfowl, notably Teal, Wigeon and Mallard. Exciting visitors include Water Rail, Snipe, Curlew and Lapwing. Peregrines hunt over the marshes and Herons breed nearby.
Other birds who breed here include Reed, Sedge & and Cetti’s Warblers as well as Whitethroats and Shelduck.
Otters are present in the marshes, Water Shrews are numerous and Sika and Red Deer are now resident. There are several Nature Trails and bird hides around the reserve.

Entry to the Reserve & Visitors Centre is free but there is a £4 charge for parking. There are toilets, a shop and exhibitions as well as a cafe with great views. Do check opening times before visiting.
Find out more: Welsh Wildlife Centre

Talley Lakes and Woodland

Talley lakes and woodland, Welsh Wildlife and nature

Just 30 minutes away from the cottages, the reserve consists of two lakes lying in glacial hollows separated by a narrow neck of land. Great Crested Grebes and Mute Swans regularly breed there and Tufted Duck and Pochard visit. Goldeneye and Goosanders are also winter visitors. The upper, southern lake is almost 16 acres and in summer the flowers and floating leaves of the Yellow and White Water Lily are a striking feature. It’s a real haven for wildlife and nature.

There are 3 walking trails through the woodland with beautiful views over Talley village and the historic Abbey.

Find out more: Talley Woodland & Talley Lakes

Bwlch Nant yr Arian

Bwlch Nant yr Arian has been a red kite feeding station since the 1990s, and over 100 of these distinctive birds of prey come in to feed every day.

The feeding takes place by the lake at 2pm in winter (GMT) and at 3pm in summer (BST). Follow the accessible Barcud Trail to the viewing area and large bird hide or watch through your binoculars from the outside seating area at the café.

There are also several miles of way marked walking trails to follow with spectacular views and a gift shop and cafe at the visitor centre. It is about an hours drive from our cottages.

More information: Visit Bwlch Nant yr Arian

Cors Caron

Cors Caron Wildlife & Nature in Mid West Wales.

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is a vast area of wetland filling the broad valley of the River Teifi near Tregaron. The three raised peat bogs are surrounded by reedbeds, fen, wet grassland, woodland, waterways and ponds, and these varied habitats support a wealth of wildlife.

Red kite, hen harrier, curlew and skylark can fill the skies above the reserve, whilst the bog itself bustles with dragonflies, lizards and otters.

The fully accessible boardwalk goes over the south-east bog and to the large bog hide where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the landscape and wildlife. There is also a longer trail you can do that follows an old railway track along the edge of the reserve.

Cors Caron is about 30 minutes from Coedmor Cottages. Find out more: Visit Cors Caron

RSPB Ynys Hir

The reserve covers an area of 800 hectares containing some really important sites for wildlife. Ynys-hir treats you to a variety of habitats: Welsh Oak woodland, estuary saltmarsh, lowland wet grasslands, freshwater pools, reedbeds and peat bog.
The sheer variety here means there’s a whole host of wildlife to spot too. Pied Flycatchers, warblers, Small Red dragonflies, Brimstone butterflies, Otters, Common Lizards, Slow Worms, and Grass Snakes all call this patch home. 
With the mountains of southern Snowdonia to the north and the Cambrian mountains to the south, once you enter the Ynys-hir reserve, you’ll be surrounded by beauty.
Find our more: Visit Ynys Hir
It is around an hour and 10 minutes away form our cottages, but you can combine your trip with a visit to the nearby Dyfi Wildlife Centre & Osprey Project

Dyfi Wildlife Centre & Osprey Project

Cors Dyfi is home to the Dyfi Wildlife Centre and the Dyfi Osprey Project and is teeming with wildlife. The ospreys are typically around from April to September. Spring and summer are also the best times to see common lizards, grasshopper, reed & sedge warblers, yellow flag iris and four-spotted chaser dragonflies.

During the winter you may glimpse the elusive bittern in the reed beds. Year round there are regularly otter and red kites on the reserve.
There is a 360 observatory tower and an Osprey room where you can see the live feeds from the Osprey nest and footage from the Beaver Cameras. The on site cafe has a wildlife watching window and there is also a gift shop. Boardwalks from the observatory allow you to get closer to nature.
Find out more: Cors Dyfi & Dyfi Osprey Project

Skomer Island

Skomer is an excellent place for a daytime adventure. Bursting with seabirds including Atlantic Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots and Razorbills, this National Nature Reserve is one of Britain’s most important seabird colonies. It is peaceful and wild at all times of year.

It is a 2 hour drive from our cottages to Martin’s Haven , but just a 20-minute boat trip from the mainland across to the island. Between April and August, boats depart Martin’s Haven every 30 minutes between 10:00 and 12:00. Return boats run from 15:00 onwards and are allocated according to your outward journey. Skomer is open April-August (Tuesday-Sunday) and in September on a reduced schedule. The Puffins are mostly seen from May to mid-July.
Find out more: Visiting Skomer


Ynyslas Beach and dunes are part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve. You can park right on the beach and there are waymarked walks to follow and a visitor centre. The beach is on the Dyfi estuary and you can see pretty Aberdyfi across the water on the other side. An abundance of birds to spot and beautiful scenery. About an hour and 10 mins drive from the cottages.

Find out more: Visiting Ynyslas