Birdwatching (or just birding, as the experts call it) is one of those hobbies that doesn’t take much skill or much of an investment to get started. Anyone can watch birds almost anywhere. Kids can try it with their grandparents or you can go solo and enjoy a quiet day out in the company of wildlife. All you need is a simple bird identification book, or a mobile phone app for those who prefer to get their information that way. A pair of binoculars is helpful but not 100% necessary.
The birdwatching in South Wales is excellent. Our country parks are full of feathered wildlife. While the ducks and swans on the rivers and lakes are the most obvious examples there are many more. There are flycatchers, waxwings, nuthatches, tree sparrows, quails, warblers, and dozens of other species to spot.
The woodland parks are particularly good for birdwatching, as they house a full complement of wood pigeons, cuckoo, woodpecker, and even owls. Go out just before twilight and you might be lucky enough to see one, or perhaps a couple of hunting bats.
It’s also worth paying attention to the streams and cascades in the parks near Cardiff and higher up in the Valleys. Dippers come in to hunt for insects in shallow, fast moving waters, and small birds like bluetits and wrens can often be seen having a brisk bath in park fountains in the warmer months. Bigger rivers attract herons too. There’s so much to see, and the best part is that you never know what you might see!