Trip report - mid and north Wales

10th May 2010
Dates: 8th and 9th May 2010

Destination: mid and north Wales

Purpose of trip:

The purpose of my trip was my annual visit to the region to see bird species that are not found on a regular basis in Essex or East Anglia, particularly summer migrants.

Primary target areas:

The primary target areas for birdwatching were:

Ynys-hir RSPB reserve, Ceredigion
Pont Croesor RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project, Gwynedd
Nant Ffrancon valley, Snowdonia, Gwynedd
South Stack RSPB reserve, Anglesey
Fedr Fawr, Anglesey
Cemlyn, Anglesey

Getting there and getting around:

I used my own car for the whole trip.

On the Friday night of 7th May, I stayed at the Travelodge in Wolverhampton to enable an early start to the journey to mid Wales the next day

On the 8th May, I stayed at the Dragon B&B and (Chinese) Restaurant in Betws-y-Coed.


The early Saturday morning was very rainy but this gradually died out as I travelled west in to Wales. By the time I reached Ynys-hir, the sun was shining brightly. The remainder of the weekend was very sunny albeit rather chilly in the wind.


The following summarises the notable bird species seen on my trip, many of which were first records for 2010.

Travelling to Wolverhampton: Red Kite between J14 and J13 A14

Ynys-hir RSPB reserve: Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Swallow, Sand Martin, Swift

Nant Ffrancon valley: Ring Ousel, Common Redstart, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Wheatear, Swallow, Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail

Pont Croesor: Osprey, Red Kite

Afon Llugwy, Betws-y-Coed: Dipper (seen from the bedroom window!)

South Stack RSPB reserve: Chough, Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Shag, Rock Pipit, Wheatear, Swallow, Stonechat

Fedr Fawr, Anglesey: Black Guillemot

Cemlyn, Anglesey: Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern

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