Country: Wales

Organisation: EBU - BBC Radio Wales

Location: RSPB Ynys-hir - woodlands, wetlands and wonderful wildlife

RSPB Ynys-hir is a real gem in the heart of the Dyfi Estuary – a serene wetland paradise just waiting to be explored whatever time of year you visit.  In springtime a walk through the woods will reveal a carpet of bluebells and a chorus of birdsong.  Lapwings; pied flycatchers; redstart; red kites and ospreys all await you.

In winter the saltmarsh and river are alive with waders, ducks and geese, and it’s not just birds that call Ynys-hir home.  A visit to the freshwater pools may be rewarded with otters swimming and playing in the pools or along the bank on sunny warm days, lizards and dragonflies can be spotted.

It’s the perfect place to spend time with family and friends in the great outdoors and getting up close to nature.  Make sure you also call into the Visitor Centre to pick up an explorer kit and have a go at pond dipping - children will have so much fun discovering all kinds of interesting creatures!  After visiting the hides, find the ideal spot for a picnic or relax in our Visitor Centre, with a cup of coffee and home-made cakes.  For more information, visit

On Air: Lynn Bowles (reporter) & Daniel Jenkins-Jones (bird expert)

Lynn Bowles and Daniel Jenkins-Jones

Lynn Bowles: Lynn spent 17 years at BBC Radio 2, the most popular radio station in Europe.  She helped wake up the nation with such radio greats as Ken Bruce, Chris Evans and not least Sir Terry Wogan.  Lynn says of him "He was the best.  A joy to work with, funny and charming.  I doubt we’ll see his like again".  Luckily she is well used to getting up early in the morning to broadcast which means charting the Dawn Chorus will be a pleasure.

Daniel Jenkins-Jones: Daniel has been a lifelong birdwatcher and has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and is a local Ambassador for the British Trust for Ornithology.  He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio Wales and, in the Welsh language, on BBC Radio Cymru, talking about birds and the natural world.

Key Species: Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Lapwing, Redshank