Help The Welsh Wildlife Centre become Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve

Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve

Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve

Red Deer in Ferns By Jon Hawkins

Red Deer in Ferns By Jon Hawkins

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Welsh Wildlife Centre has been nominated in the Landlove Magazine Awards for Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve! This is the third LandLove Magazine Awards which aim to celebrate the very best things about the British countryside.

Mark Hodgson, Hospitality Manager for The Welsh Wildlife Centre said “We are absolutely delighted that The Welsh Wildlife Centre has been chosen by Landlove as a nominee for Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve. The Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve is an important & unique habitat supporting many different species of animals & plants. The Reserve also means many different things to a lot of different people; lots come for the wildlife, families enjoy the adventure playground, some visit for their daily exercise or a social get together and others come for peace and relaxation in an incredibly natural and beautiful environment. To win this accolade would be amazing so please vote via the link below.”

The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve is made up of a patchwork of habitats. These range from freshwater marsh with open pools, reedbed, alder carr and tidal mudflats, to open pasture, oak woodland and slate from historical quarrying. There are a number of bird watching hides to stop at along the cycle track and we suggest you keep your eyes peeled for the blue flash of a kingfisher or a glimpse of a bittern skulking amongst the reeds. The steep sided Teifi river gorge makes for an impressive walk amongst old oaks and the remains of slate quarries. You may also spot otters as you go and be sure to look up at the trees for woodpeckers, nuthatches, jays and squirrels. In summer the marshes are grazed by water buffalo and ponies and occasionally wild red deer can be spotted here.  In winter look out for flocks of wildfowl and waders and watch impressive murmurations of starlings over the reedbed while enjoying a hot drink and a slice of cake in the fabulous Glasshouse café. If you’re lucky you might spot a peregrine falcon in hot pursuit!

Rebecca Vincent, Marketing and Communications Officer for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said, “We are thrilled to have another of our reserves nominated in the Landlove awards after Skomer Island won the title of Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve 2016. The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Tiefi Marshes is an amazing place and attracts a variety of visitors including wildlife enthusiast, photographers, families and walkers. Proceeds raised by visitors and overnight guests who stay at our Oak Tree Cottage support our vital research and conservation work. We’d like to ask everyone who has visited our reserve and enjoyed the wildlife or made memories to please vote for The Welsh Wildlife Centre in this years Landlove awards. If you haven’t been yet, we invite you to come visit us.”

To vote for The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes to become Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve 2017 visit Landlove Awards.

If you’d like to visit The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes, attend an event or book an overnight stay in Oak Tree Cottage, located on the Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve, then please visit: www.welshwildlife.org  or for further information or call 01239 621600 or www@welshwildlife.org