The first signs of spring are here as green shoots are starting to appear along the woodland floor at By the Wye, making this the perfect time to visit for an Easter Holiday in Wales. Soon the woodland will begin to transform into a luscious green wonderland and birdsong will echo through the trees, just in time for us to open on the 31st of March. It is a time of new growth with lots of beautiful nature for you and your family to seek out. Here’s what you can expect to find in the woods at By the Wye this spring!
Spring Wildflowers are what makes our Woods in Hay-on-Wye particularly beautiful, from the dazzling Bluebells to the tiny Dog Violets, not only do they make for a gorgeous woodland walk, but they provide precious nectar for invertebrates. Snowdrops, Bluebells and Daffodils are already starting to appear and very soon the forest floor will become filled with a carpet of bright colours. Bees will soon be buzzing from flower to flower, working hard to pollinate.
New life begins
The River Wye is home to a thriving population of ducks, geese, and swans and from March onwards, you could be lucky enough to witness their tiny, fluffy babies taking their first steps in the world. The like to nest in the banks of the river and you can sometimes even spot them from the decks of the safari tents. Bring your camera, this is not a sight to be missed!
Our woodland hosts plenty of wildlife and now is a wonderful time to spot them. Look under rocks for creepy crawlies, look up in the trees for birds, see friendly squirrels playing and maybe even spot an elusive otter on the river bank. Find out more about what species you can expect to find in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Looking for a guided tour with the family? Explore the joys of seeking out the woodland creatures in their natural habitat with our Nature Walk. Possible sights include woodpeckers, colourful fungi and other bright and beautiful birds and wildlife. You’ll be guided by our experienced rangers who will use their specialist knowledge to tell you more about our diverse seasonal displays.
Build a Nature House
Celebrate spring with your little ones with a fun family activity building a nature house for birds, butterflies or bats. Take your creation home and give it pride of place in your garden to provide a safe haven for wildlife and hours of watching pleasure on your doorstep.
Book an Easter Holiday
There’s so much to see in the wood at By the Wye this spring, making it the ideal location for an Easter Holiday in Wales. These are the Spring Wildflowers we have identified in the Woods, see if you can spot them all. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled and have your camera at the ready! We love to see your photographs, so don’t forget to share them with us on social media using #bythewye