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In our relatively short time at the farm, we have seen over 80 species of bird including willow tits, great spotted woodpeckers, cuckoos, red kites, goldfinches, crossbills, spotted fly catchers, pied and grey wagtails, long eared owls and, our favourites, the many swallows who return to the farm year after year.


With the assistance of the Montgomeryshire Barn Owl Group we have installed a nesting box in an attempt to lure barn owls back to the farm, as the local wildlife warden has told us that 7 barn owl chicks were successfully raised very near to the farm. Swallows and housemartins make their nests in pretty much every building here and an opportunistic woodpigeon 'borrowed' an owl nesting box last spring to raise her three chicks!

A heron often sits by the wildlife pond searching for fish and our very popular bird tables are visited daily by willow tits, woodpeckers, coal tits, great tits, goldfinches, bluetits, robins and dunnocks to name but a few. One of these tables is situated just outside the cottages so our guests can watch the birds flit about.

Stepping beyond the boundaries of Cwmbiga, Mid Wales has a variety of exciting environments to explore and watch wildlife. Birdwatching in these diverse areas is rewarding for experts as well as novices. Of special interest are reserves owned by wildlife organisations such as the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, as well as red kite feeding centres at Gigrin Farm and Nant y Arian. The Falconry Experience in Machynlleth is well worth a visit too.

There is also a breeding pair of ospreys who nest during the season at the nearby Llyn Clywedog (within walking distance from our cottages) who have bred here in the Hafren Forest for the last four years. 

" The accommodation was spot on, with everything we could need including washing machine which is handy after muddy walks. The surroundings are perfect, with beautiful walks right outside the cottage. The patio area and BBQ outside the cottage was also perfect (though we didn't have BBQ weather we were treated to a great variety of bird life). The drive to Aberdovy over the mountain road is stunning and the small seaside town is well worth a visit. We also learned that the weather at Aberdovy is very different to that on the farm so perhaps worth a trip if, like us, you have a few days of rain. After a day of visits or walking, coming back to light the stove and relax was idyllic."
Gary M