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“watch the red kites being fed on a daily basis” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gilfach Nature Reserve

Gilfach Nature Reserve
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“watch the red kites being fed on a daily basis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

The red kite centre is a natural valley and lake which has been landscaped by cutting back the pine trees to facilitate the opening up of the area where the birds circle to feed at the same time every day, 2pm in winter, 3pm in summer. The trees have been used very imaginatively by a very clever wood carver who has made a children's playground with playthings entirely made from pine, plus a few other things such as a large bird feeder with exquisite carving of birds. although quite steep, wheelchair users can access the feeding site by way of slopes beside the steps, and there is a good cafe with eating outside and gift shop.Very informative with the history of the decline in the bird numbers which have increased enormously since they have been feeding them.

Visited April 2014
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English first
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“Brilliant bit of unspoilt Wales”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

In May - June the bird life is excellent and the reserve is set-up to view them well. Great possibilities of Pied flycatcher, redstart and dipper. Good idea to forbid feeding on the reservee (poor choice of food from visitotrs has affected young birds). Tripods are not allowed in the visitor centre area but there's lots of places where better photos can be had. Very friendly staff

Visited May 2014
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Dinas Powys, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“rude unfreindly park rangers”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

I've been there several times the keepers hate dogs so don't bother if you have a dog there is no nature there just a massive 60mile an hour road in the middle of it you have to keep dogs on leads except some of the paths are challenging so if your dog pulls you it's very dangerous they fill the place with stupid rock circles that have no meanings and signs about your dog all round the park what you can't do and if you just want to photograph the red kites just go to the bottom of the road and there is more there than in this reserve if you can call it a reserve with the amount of traffic that comes through it

Visited April 2014
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“Very remote spot. Beautiful and worth trek”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

If you are 'into nature' then do visit. The main car park is about a mile from the cottage- which is unmanned. Very small (6 cars?) car park at centre. There are toilets and shelter available at the Actual visitor centre- and coffee making facilitiltes. Not a cafe- so don't expect one! There is a disabled loo - though walks not really easy for those on crutches and not suitable for wheelchair users (husband on crutches but was keen walker). That said, the views from Gilfach base are spectacular! The drive up is hard on the clutch - be warned! I fell in love with it- the wildlife is amazing!

Visited April 2014
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Birmingham
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71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Peace & Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We visited the reserve twice over the Easter weekend, once by car & then on foot. The scenery is simply stunning. There is a wonderful trail that runs from the car park by Marteg Bridge along the river & then up to the Visitor Center. A young man called Darren was on duty at the center when we were there. He was friendly & informative. There are various walks from the Center taking in different habitats. We were lucky enough to see Redstarts, Siskin & a Vole (to name a few) while we were there.

Visited April 2014
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