Autumn wildlife wows in Wales

Before the winter chills, autumn is an intense season for watching wildlife with many species on the move. Catch dazzling displays, not just in the landscape of our special places, but in the skies above too. Feathered friends take leave, while others arrive and some simply feast on the fruits of the season. Here’s our wildlife wows around Wales.

Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) emerging from log roost

Catch sight of a bat 

Autumn is a great time to watch bats before they disappear for their winter hibernation. At Colby Woodland Garden many live in the old buildings, mine shafts and in trees. The estate’s woodland, streams and meadows are also a haven for birds, otters, reptiles and amphibians.

Dinefwr White Park Cow

Meet White Park Cattle  

A truly unique part of the rolling Capability Brown designed parkland at Dinefwr is the rare and ancient breed of White Park Cattle. The estate is also home to a medieval deer park which echoes with the bellowing sound of Fallow bucks during the rutting season in October.

The Llanerchaeron woods are an ideal place to go for a walk

Feast for the eyes 

In autumn the meadows, woodland and waters of Llanerchaeron working farm and estate are a haven for birds, bats, otters and other wildlife, as well as a dazzling display of fungus including waxcaps. Traditional, low level farming at this Site of Scientific Interest allows the rare fungus to thrive.

Braich y Pwll, Uwchmynydd, Llyn Peninsula

Watch seasonal birdlife  

The Llyn Peninsula is a haven for bird watching, where you’ll spot a wide community of common residents as well as visiting migrants during the breeding season. Large numbers of willow warbler, chiffchaff and goldcrest arrive in autumn, along with many species of flycatchers, warbler, wagtail, thrush and finch.

A solitary seal sits with its head upright and its paws supporting it on a beach at Blakeney Point

Spot seals along the coast 

West Wales is home to about 5,000 Atlantic grey seals and their pups can be seen from September to December at a number of places along the North Pembrokeshire coast. Bring your binoculars and join a ranger at Marloes Sands to see this annual wildlife wonder.

Wild ponies grazing, Snowdonia

Walk among wild ponies 

The sight of wild ponies is an enchanting bonus to any walk in the Carneddau hills. These mountain ponies of Snowdonia are believed to date back to around 500BC and there are now around 200 left, still roaming the rugged upland landscape. In autumn you may see them grazing in readiness for for colder months ahead.

A veteran tree in the Tarell Valley, Brecon Beacons, Powys

Whole world in a tree 

In the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, the Tarell Valley is home to some of our semi-ancient woodlands. As well as providing stunning autumn leaf colour these veteran trees support a world of wildlife such as rare fungi, lichen and deadwood invertebrates.

Two red squirrels on a feeder box

Red Squirrel success story 

Six red squirrels were brought to Plas Newydd in 2008 and released into the deciduous woodland. They bred successfully, and can now be found throughout the gardens and parkland of the estate, where you can see them collecting nuts and eating at many feeding stations