Birdwatching in the National Park
The Conway Reserve on the Conway estuary
The rich diversity of habitats in Snowdonia attract many species of birds to the area. Habitats include upland bog, rocky crags, coniferous forest, river estuaries and coastline. There are many areas in the National Park which provide opportunities for birdwatching. Some of the best site are:-
The Migneint lies near Ffestiniog. Situated on the back road between Ysbyty Ifan and Ffestiniog. A good site for moorland birds, it is the habitat of red grouse, wheatear, snipes and skylark. Some pairs of curlews and snipes still known to nest at the Migneint, and the short-eared owl has been sighted at dusk.
Situated near Bangor, the Aber Valley is a place of spectacular scenery and an excellent site for mountain and woodland birds such as buzzards, ravens and woodwarblers, as well as mountain birds such as ravens, buzzards and choughs. Other birds such as the sparrowhawk, kestrel and peregrine falcon can be sighted.
Lying on the coast near to Tywyn. This is a good site for observing sea-birds such as the red-throated diver, the eider duck and the common scoter. The bar-tailed godwit
and the little grebe have often be sighted at nearby Broadwater.
Birdwatching in the Lake District