Friday, 28 February 2014

Let's go fly a kite!

It was a few years since I'd been to Aberystwyth before we launched our fab lowest unique bid competition to win a holiday to nearby New Quay. I had a quick day out in New Quay and came back via Aber to take some photos for work recently, and it really has given me a taste for going back. In particular, I love the Red Kite centre, it's so fascinating to see these amazing birds with such a stunning backdrop as the lake. The last time we went to see the red kites, I was on the back of hubby's motorbike. Oh how times have changed! I'm dying to get over there again now though, Libby would love seeing the birds and it would be great to take the dogs for a walk somewhere so beautiful. As you can see, we're mainly confined to muddy fields or roads at the moment on our walks. 

I've just written a blog post for work about Aberystwyth, so here is an extract from it about the fantastic red kite centre in case you are considering going yourself. I would personally wait for the weather to cheer up a bit, although it is open all year round and even on a dry winter's day, it would be a glorious place for a walk. 

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest

The stunning and distinctive bird of prey the red kite is still a relatively rare sight in the UK. However, their numbers are increasing thanks to places like Bwlch Nant yr Arian. 

In 1999, the area became a red kite feeding station with the aim of helping the birds to thrive in the area. Over 150 kites gather every day of the year at 2pm in winter and 3pm in summer for their daily feed. The public can have a great view of the birds feeding from the opposite side of the picturesque lake or from a bird hive that overlooks the feeding area. Whilst many visitors attend purely to look at these majestic birds, there are lots of other activities on offer at Bwlch Nant yr Arian. There is a café where you can relax and enjoy the view and a play area and educational activities for children. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, other activities on offer include horse riding, mountain biking and orienteering. There are also walks to suit all abilities and fitness levels.