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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. 

"I stayed here with my family and our Labrador Buster last week. It was an amazing 'get away from it all' break in a stunning location. We were greeted by Sarah and a plate of her Dad's delicious home made welsh cakes. Which disappeared in minutes! The cottage is spotless and has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Its a cosy home from home which is a perfect retreat after a long day outdoors. There are beautiful walks from the doorstep and we even drove up North to hike up Snowdon. A great location for exploring or just enjoying some family time! Thank you all for such a lovely welcome...we'll be back to visit in the future."
Holmes family