Summer Wildlife Tour With Iolo Williams North Wales 19 to 23 June 2023

A wonderful five days with Iolo Williams in beautiful North Wales - come & join us.

Rather behind with blogs, sorry, so busy guiding the tours! We enjoyed a wonderful five days with Iolo here in North Wales. As usual we were based at the wonderful Princes Arms Hotel in the Conwy Valley with wildlife on the doorstep. We even had fledgling Tawny Owls in the hotel car park, Manadrin with young and Kingfishers on the river opposite with three sightings of Hobby from the hotel! Add to this the wonderful warm welcome, delicious food and superb location it is just perfect.

Avocet pair North Cave 1

A real thrill to see the first ever Avocets to breed on the island of Anglesey.

Each day we headed out on a wildlife adventure with Iolo and our six lovely guests – Liam and Margaret, Julie, Liz, Hilary, and Tony. We mixed things up a little on this tour spending two of the days on Anglesey as so much to see there at this time of year. One day we visited RSPB South Stack to enjoy the seabird colony and the spectacular, Red-billed Choughs. The Atlantic Puffins here were as popular as ever and we enjoyed the beautiful wildflowers and some smart looking insects too. In the afternoon we visited a wonderful spot for close encounters of the red squirrel kind! What a thrill to see these beautiful animals up close and learn so much about them form our great friend Huw, aka “the squirrel whisperer”. The second day on Anglesey we headed north to Cemlyn Lagoon where a pair of Avocets were nesting – the first time this species has bred on the island so not to be missed. We also enjoyed super views of the Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns, breeding Mediterranean Gulls, Atlantic grey seals, swollen-thighed beetle, ruby-tailed wasp, and beautiful, yellow-horned poppy. We also visited RSPB Cors Ddyga where Lapwings have enjoyed a bumper year with a record breaking 101 young fledge from sixty-two pairs! Super views of two Marsh Harriers here too.

Puffin in flowers June 2017 1

Everyone loves an Atlantic Puffin! Such fantastic birds.

Another day we headed inland to see a pair of Ospreys with two well grown young and we were lucky to see the male bring in a fish to the nest. In the same area we enjoyed super views of singing Wood Warbler, a pair of Common Redstarts, a calling Cuckoo, and beautiful Whinchats. Four-spotted chaser dragonflies allowed frame filling views at a beautiful woodland pool along with a huge emperor dragonfly and some folks saw a hornet – also huge!

We visited RSPB Conwy where Little Ringed Plover and Great Egret where the highlights along with lots more birds. The Great Orme at Llandudno was another wonderful site with Red-billed Chough, Peregrine Falcons, Black Guillemots, and wonderful wildflowers.

Our pre-breakfast walks along the Conwy River right by the hotel were wonderful and always had something new to enjoy. Both Mandarin and Goosander had young on the river, stunning Kingfisher, hunting Hobby, Little Egrets and Grey Herons, Red Kites, Sedge Warblers and so much more.

A wonderful five days packed with exciting wildlife and lots of laughter! Come and join Iolo on our five day breaks here in North Wales, drop us a line for details of upcoming tours.

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