The natural world at Tyddyn Retreat
Birds, bees and bats
As you arrive you will be greeted by a huge variety of birds chattering and flocking to our bird feeders and on the trees around – woodpeckers, nuthatches, blue tits, siskins, wag tails, chaffinches and gold finches along with the usual blackbirds, thrushes, robins, wrens and many more.
The swallows, who used to live in the now-converted barns, return each year to raise their families – along with house martins – building their beautiful mud nests under the eaves. We are lucky to have now-rare cuckoos too, and a pair of herons which grace us with their presence.
Of course the area is synonymous with the magnificent bird of prey, the Red Kite, which was saved from extinction here. Down to just a single breeding female in the 1930s, local enthusiasts and farmers saved it. The Red Kit is now thriving in Wales and has been reintroduced back into the rest of the UK. Admire it’s ?? foot wingspan and red forked tail from a ringside seat at Tyddyn Retreat. Buzzards are plentiful, with their characteristic call, and we regularly hear owls calling in the evenings.
We also have three different kinds of bat and have built a special bat loft for the nesting Natters Bats. For the bees and butterflies, we leave patches of uncut meadow and clover. Bright dragonflies are a special treat.
You are welcome to borrow our small pair of binoculars and many books to help you identify the birds and other creatures around us.
Foxes, badgers, rabbits, & squirrels
We are visited by all of these and more, plus numerous voles and moles and frogs and toads. Naturally, for understandable reasons, not all of them are welcomed by our neighbour farmers.
Our Nature Diary
We keep a Nature Diary, to record key happenings in the natural world at Tyddyn Retreat – arrivals and departures of flora and fauna plus special sites and sounds.