From dolphins to dragonflies, rabbits to red kites, Wales is home to some of the most breathtaking animals on the planet. With three National Parks and five Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB), it’s no wonder the Welsh countryside has proved so popular with its local inhabitants.
1,500 miles of Welsh coastline provides the perfect habitat for puffins, porpoises, seals, and seabirds. Wherever you’re staying, you’ll never be far from the waves which sustain some of the most beautiful animals in Wales – whether you’re hoping to catch a glimpse from the shore or venture out to sea on a boat trip.
Further inland, the woodlands and wetlands are home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Birds of prey, badgers, otters, butterflies, bees. See how many you can spot on one of the Wildlife Trust’s famous nature trails. Or if you’re visiting the National Parks, why not make friends with the wild Welsh mountain ponies on the paths of the Brecon Beacons?
These beautiful animals can be found against the backdrop of wildflower meadows, ancient woods, sparkling lakes, and waterfalls. The landscapes – which span the length and breadth of the country – are the perfect place to rediscover your love of nature.
Ready to get started? Explore our range of insider guides on Wales.org today. From the best wildlife walking routes to the animals you might meet on a boating trip, we’ve got all the information you need to plan an encounter you’ll never forget.