The five hundred square kilometres of mountains, rolling hills and wooded river valleys designated as the Brecon Beacons National Park are home to a wide variety of wildlife, some of which is rarely found elsewhere in Britain. The park is located in South Wales, 200 miles West of London (served by the M4 motorway) and 160 miles South of Birmingham ( served by the M5 and M50 motorways).

The numerous small mammals, fish, wild flowers, and ancient hedgerows make this area an ideal habitat for many wild life species as well as providing ample food resources for the larger birds of prey which are in evidence throughout the year.

The Park offers excellent walking and this is the best way to see the wildlife without creating undue disturbance of the environment.The Brecon Beacons themselves are a range of mountains and uplands which are drained by fast flowing rivers. 

These rivers have cut deep into the landscape and as they fall towards the South the valleys become wooded and feature numerous waterfalls, which add to the natural appeal of the area for both humans and wildlife.

Hawks, Buzzards, Merlins, Kestrels, and Owls of various sizes now compete with the formerly rare Red Kites who's numbers have increased in the area in recent years.

 The size, colouration and V shaped tail of the Red Kite distinguish it as an unmistakeable and impressive former resident which has now returned to reclaim it's territories in this part of Wales.

The Kite is large enough to catch rabbits and other smaller mammals and can usually be seen soaring over hills, crags and other areas where rising air and thermals occurr. In Wales it nests exclusively in trees where it builds a rather untidy and almost flat nest of twigs.

The southern reaches of the Park to the North and East of Abercraf are characterised by their impressive waterfalls and caves. Ample fish life and relative seclusion attracts otters, martens, pole cats, wild mink, herons, kingfishers, wild ducks and occasional cormorants, as well as numerous other water frequenting species.

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority manage and maintain the park in order to ensure that it will be enjoyed by future generations. Present day visitors can help by observing the country code which seeks to minimise human impact on the delicately balanced ecology of the area.

Enjoy the countryside and respect it's life and work: Guard against risk of fire: Fasten all gates: Keep your dogs under close control: Keep to public paths across farmland: Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls. Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone: Take your litter home: Help keep all water clean: Protect wildlife, plants and trees: Take special care on country roads: Make no unnecessary noise.

There are many birds and small mammals in the Brecon Beacons National Park but it is often the variety of birds of prey and their obvious presence which leaves a lasting impression on those visitors who are able to walk into some of the more remote areas.

The kites, harriers and hawks hunt in the daytime and are most frequently seen in the more rural upland areas although they do also visit lightly populated areas, especially in the winter months.

The various members of the owl family are happy to live alongside man in farm buildings and in old trees around the scattered small villages and dwellings.

Although mostly nocturnal hunters, owls are sometimes seen in and around trees and old barns during daylight hours. The best time to see and hear them however is just before and after dusk when they can be very vociferous and hungry after sleeping for most of the day.

There have been a few recorded incidents of owls " dive-bombing" and actually attacking dogs and humans who have strayed close to their nests while they were rearing their young.

This is uncommon, but do not approach nesting birds at any time.

A pair of binoculars are the ideal bird watching accessory.

The Brecon Beacons National Park has some of the most varied and beautiful countryside in Wales and this alone makes it worth seeing and exploring. Evidence of it's prolific wildlife is hard to miss and many vistors are treated to an often unforgettable bonus.

The park contains some of the largest cave systems in Britain including the famous Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves near Abercraf.

The waterfalls of Henrhyd and Ystradfellte are also impressive natural features.

There are several castles in the area including Carreg Cennen in its splendid cliff top setting and Craig-y-Nos, the former estate of the famous opera singer Adelina Patti.

This web-site is sponsored by Craig-y-Nos Castle, the ideal place to stay when visiting Brecon Beacons National Park

Click below to find accommodation and other attractions in the area.
Craig-y-Nos Castle The National Showcaves Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary

Nature walks in the area

Mid-week breaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park