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The Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and Vale of Usk are a bird watchers paradise. We have marshland reserves, river estuary habitats, gardens, ancient woodlands, and mountains so therefore a vast variety of species. Whether you just enjoy feeding garden visitors or really want to spend all your time in a hide we are for you.
All our gardens are planted to encourage birds. We have numerous feathered visitors including an occasional peacock in Tintern! Some of our guests are simply happy to sit in our gardens and watch our many feathered friends visit.
We are blessed with numerous varieties and we, and you, can tempt them with nets of suitable treats ( or even biscuit crumbs while you sip a cuppa).
We regularly record "the usual suspects" like sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes, starlings, dunnocks, robins, jays and rooks,but we are especially glad that the colourful bullfinches, swallows , swifts, martins, woodpeckers, blue and great tits, wrens, chaffinches. yellowhammers , and many more slightly less usual varieties have often been seen.
At night we hear owls , in the morning the gentle cooing voices of woodpigeons are ubiquitous. In Tintern there are several sorts of seagulls on the Abbey (all of them loudly argumentative and greedy) and if we are collecting bird sightings we must include the two chickens next door to Vanilla!
Take a walk and you will be likely to hear the rattle of pheasant and the high pitched mew of buzzard. On the rivers are swans and mallard, heron, goosander, and if you are lucky you can catch the flash of kingfisher.
For those who are keener still we are brilliantly positioned to make it very easy for you to visit some splendid reserves and centres. Whether you want to stay out all night for the nocturnals, go at dawn with your thermos, or just take the kids to a fun place for the day - its no problem if you are self catering with no fixed mealtime!
For family days out where you can easily see impressive birds "up close and personal"
If you are good with your binoculars and love a hide try these suggestions, all very local!
Or is it back to plan A and share your tea and biscuit crumbs in your cottage garden with whoever flies in first?
Monmouthshire Cottages has won the Self catering category for South east Wales at the National Tourism Awards!
Five star holiday cottage, Foxes Reach, in the Wye Valley near Tintern, has had a whole new kitchen fitted. It now boasts shiny new units and a range cooker as well as a new fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher and all the "bits"
The car parking area has been extended and landscaped at Tintern Abbey Cottage so now there is room for around 4 cars in the fenced and gated rear garden.