I love the great outdoors, full stop, but if I had to name a favourite nature reserve then it would be the RSPB’s Coed Garth Gell, which is between Dolgellau and Barmouth.
Having discovered it in recent years, my wife and I always make sure that we pay it a visit. This is the time of year that we go for as well, with the summer bird migrants well bedded in.
There is no visitors’ centre and no hides. As I say at the start of the video, this is wild Wales at its very best.
You can see footage from the walk that we made around the reserve including the remains of a blackbird that consisted of just feathers and an open beak that indicated the bird didn’t die a peaceful death. Still, it was food for a sparrowhawk, I guess, and that’s the harsh reality of the natural world.
Just after the gruesome find you can hear a couple of clips of a wood warbler singing. We saw several of those birds and they are favourites of mine, with their grey and lemon plumage.
In addition, several male pied flycatchers put in an appearance as well as a solitary singing garden warbler.
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