Trip reports

Mawwddach Valley

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 4 May 2014

This is a lesser known RSPB gem. It includes a woodland habittat, estuary and Arthog Bog. Arthog Bog is a small wetland, a woonderful place for plants, flowers, butterflies and birds.
Six members met at Fiddlers Elbow Car park and immediately had views of goldcrest high in the canopy of the woodland. We started with a walk through the wonderful woodland. Although quite a climb the effort was rewarded with great views of many woodland species with the highlights being wood warbler, pied flycatcher, jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
The morning was taken with the woodland walk. At the highest point we had good views over the estuary seeing heron, Oystercatcher,Mallard and a number of gulls. Buzzard was seen soaring over the valley.
Lunch was taken back at the car park and we then moved on to Arthog Bog taking the wooden toll bridge over the estuary.
At Arthog we walked through the wonderful wetland and were treated to views of chiffchaff , long tailed tit, wren and robin. The group then walked from the reserve to the sea and added Red Kite, Common Sandpiper, Raven and Stonechat.
A really enjoyable day in this RSPB area produced 26 species and a happy group of birders