Wildlife

The Red kite

Majestic Red Kite hunting © Barry Boswell

Majestic Red Kite hunting

The Red kite is unmistakeable with its forked tail, reddish brown body, and white patches under the wings.They have a wing span approaching 2 metres. This allows Red Kites to be agile and stay in the air for many hours with hardly a beat of its wings. Red Kites are regularly seen riding the thermal currents on Abergwesyn Commons.

The Skylark

Skylark looking surprised to see our photographer, Barry © Barry Boswell

Skylark looking surprised to see our photographer, Barry

The Skylark is often seen on Abergwesyn Commons. It's a small, streaky, brown bird that has a white sided tail and a small crest on its head which can be raised when the bird is excited or alarmed. It's renowned for its display flight, high up in the air, hanging almost motionless whilst making its distinctive call.

The Red grouse

Red grouse hiding in long grass © Barry Boswell

Red grouse hiding in long grass

The Red grouse is a reddish brown coloured bird with a patch of red above its eyes. It has distinctive pale coloured feathers on its legs and feet. They're a ground nesting bird that lives among heather on Abergwesyn Commons all year round. They eat the young shoots of heather, seeds and berries.

Blanket bog on Abergwesyn Commons

One of the many peat bogs on Abergwesyn Commons

One of the many peat bogs on Abergwesyn Commons

Abergwesyn Commons are home to one of the largest blanket bogs in Wales. This wet wilderness is not only a habitat for wonderful birds and other wildlife but it's an important store of carbon.

Heathland at Abergwesyn Commons

The heather dominated heath on Abergwesyn Commons is home to the Red grouse and other upland birds. Walking amongst the heather on a summer’s day can only be described as truly wonderful.

 

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