Wildlife when staying at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia

See wildlife, including: Ospreys, Red Kites, Buzzards, moorland birds, otters, badgers, squirrels and much more

There are a wide range of wildlife which can seen at Abercelyn or not far awy in North and Mid-Wales.

There are otters in the stream at the Abercelyn and around Lake Bala. Seen in the garden are numerous squirrels, rabbits and many varieties of birds (see below), we have been visited by a pheasant and mallard ducks, with their young, on the stream. We sometimes see that badgers have visited us and they have been seen in the woods nearby. Owls can be heard, at night, and we have seen foxes, on several occasions, in our field next to the garden.

The following bird species have been seen in the garden: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Common Snipe, Crow, Dipper, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Heron, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Siskin, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Tree creeper, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren.

The following birds species have been seen from the garden: Red Kites, Buzzards, Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Swift, Carrion Crow, Raven.

Bala Lake is a Ramsar wetlands site of international importance. The lake has 14 species of fish, including the Gwyniad (Coregonus lavaretus), a species of whitefish which is unique to Bala Lake. Around the lake and some rivers, are otters. The lake is also the home of the glutinous snail - Myxas glutinosa. This is the only location in mainland UK where this snail is found. Over the years, some 139 species of birds have been seen around the lake, including some unusual ones such as the great-northern diver, Bewick swans and the green sandpiper.

Birds which live along the Rivers Dee & Tryweryn include: kingfisher, heron, dipper, pied-wagtail, grey-wagtail, yellow-wagtail, goosander, merganser, nuthatch, tree-creeper, great spotted woodpecker and wren. In addition, there are various dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies along the banks.

The Berwyn National Nature Reserve (NNR) lies to the east and north-east of Bala - it is an important breeding ground for many upland birds, including: Merlin, Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Red Kite. Other upland birds that breed on the Berwyn include: Red grouse, Black grouse, Golden plover, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew, Short-eared owl, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring ouzel and Raven.

Ospreys have been seen occasionally around the lake. There are Osprey viewing points (March to August) at:

Ten places to see Wildlife:

  •     In the woods a short walk from Abercelyn
  •     Lake Bala: SSSI and Ramsar wetlands site of international importance
  •     Glaslyn Osprey viewpoint, Pont Croesor, more info
  •     Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Ynys-hir, with splendid viewing platform
  •     Lake Vyrnwy RSPB nature reserve and Visitor Centre
  •     Llechwedd Slate Caverns: Choughs view by RSPB remote TV monitors; nearby it is also possible to see Kestrels, Red Kites and Buzzards
  •     Mawddach Estuary: walk/cycle track, nature reserves, Arthog Bog, wetlands.
  •     Rhinog mountains: wild goats
  •     Berwyn mountains: upland birds
  •     Dyfi (Dovey) National Nature Reserve, Dyfed


More information:

The above is just a sample of the many opportunities available to experience wildlife in Mid- and North-Wales.

Awards for Abercelyn

  • 1st Prize in the "Large Garden" section of the Bala and Penllyn Horticultural Society competition for 2005
  • Winner: Most Sustainable Tourism Business - Small Business Category, Green Snowdonia Tourism Awards 2007
  • Gold Award: Snowdonia Wildlife Gardening Project competition for 2008 (Business Category)
  • 2nd: "Best Wildlife Garden in Snowdonia" Snowdonia Wildlife Gardening Project competition for 2007 (Business Category)
  • 3rd: "Best Wildlife Garden in Snowdonia" Snowdonia Wildlife Gardening Project competition for 2006 (Business Category)
Otters live around Bala Lake

Buzzards are often seen from Abercelyn

Many birds are found in the moorland area around Bala

Wildlife walk with the Lake Warden