Monday, 27 June 2016
30 Days Wild:Day 25 - From Pembrokeshire To Powys
On the morning of day 25 of 30 Days Wild we sadly left Pembrokeshire and our garden of Badgers and Foxes and headed a couple of hours north up to Rhayader, Powys.
A quick stop in Builth Wells for shopping and lunch and then we continued up to are accommodation at Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Station in Rhayader.
River Wye at Builth Wells
On approach to Rhayader the hillside was already awash with gliding Kites.
We were staying in the Pod at the farm and could watch the Red Kites glide over quite happily.The Red Kite Conservation story is probably the most successful reintroductions in the UK, started in 1989 and b y the mid 1990's they were over 100 breeding pairs in Wales alone and now over 2700 pairs in the UK.
As well as Red Kites there were also other birds to be seen around the farm with House Martins, Swallows, House Sparrows, Siskins, Redstarts, Nuthatches and the resident Peacocks.
Peacock admiring himself.
Peahen with chicks.
There are a few Red Kite feeding stations around the UK besides Gigrin Farm which is probably the most famous one.There is also Argaty near Stirling and Bellymack Farm in Dumfries & Galloway and RSPB Tollie, nr Dingwall (all in Scotland) and Nant Yr Arian also in Mid-Wales.
Get to one nearest you to see these spectacular Birds of Prey close up.