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Red kites of Ceredigion

All year round

  • Binoculars and telescopes for hire
  • Video link
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Accessible site
  • Accessible toilets
Red kite in flight

Image: Steve Round

No such thing as a free lunch? We don't agree.

Patrolling the beautiful, wild forests of Ceredigion can be hungry work.

Of course, we haven't got the nicest table manners in the world – plummeting from the skies to grab a morsel from the feasts that Natural Resources Wales kindly put on for us, we definitely believe it should be first-come-first-served.

With so much to see free of charge and expert RSPB guides on hand, why not tuck in to Ceredigion this year?

When can you see us?

The visitor centre is open between 10am and 5pm (until dusk in winter), and food is placed on the ground at 3pm in summer and 2pm in winter.

You can see the kites from the warmth of the visitor centre cafe or you can venture closer by heading down to the lake to see the feeding up close.

The RSPB will be on site to tell people about the kites. Staff will be based at the virtual hide next to the Visitor Centre.

We will be running a talk at 2:00pm before the feeding, to tell you about the amazing success story behind the kites you see today in Wales and then give you time to find a great spot to watch them feed.

Staff will be on site most Thursday to Sundays during the Spring and summer – to avoid disappointment why not give us a quick ring on 02920 353010 to check we’ll be there when you visit.

What's at the site?

No matter your ability, come and enjoy the superb views on a walk around Bwlch Nant yr Arian, and for those with an urge to get muddy there are also mountain bike trails, as well as showers and a bike wash.

A coffee shop serves drinks, homemade soups, meals and cakes everyday, and while enjoying your lunch be wowed by the birds visiting the giant bird feeder on the decking area.

For more details on what's going on here please visit

How to find us

By bus
Take the 525 service from Aberystwyth (Monday-Saturday). Ask to get off at Bwlch Nant yr Arian.

By car
Bwlch Nant yr Arian is 9 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44 and 2 miles west of the village of Ponterwyd. (Car park fees: £1.50 half day and £3 full day. Season ticket available from forestry office Monday-Friday).

What should I bring?

You can bring your own food or eat at the visitor centre café. We suggest bringing clothing suitable for wet weather, just in case...

Still got some questions?

Telephone: RSPB Wales Headquarters on 029 2035 3000

This date is brought to you with the help of the Welsh Kite Trust and Forestry Commission Wales and Bwlch Nant yr Arian visitor centre.

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