Hiraethog is a fantastic place for bird watching - you are guaranteed sightings of woodland, moorland, farmland and wildfowl species. Over 40 different birds have been spotted over just one weekend by a local expert and amateur birding enthusiasts – so if you’re a ‘twitcher’ don’t forget to carry your bird book in your pocket!
One of the rare species which lives on the moor and forest edge is the black grouse. This species was in severe decline, but this is now changing thanks to the Black Grouse Recovery Project, with habitat conservation being carried out by Natural Resources Wales, the RSPB and Countryside Council for Wales. Check out the Natural Resources Wales website for more information – or better still pay a visit to the Foel Frech Bird Hide at Cerrigydrudion where you may even see black grouse lekking (displaying) in April and May.
The nightjar is another rare bird that lives in Clocaenog and you might also see greenfinches, goldcrests – one of our smallest birds –or crossbills.
On wetter farmland areas look or listen out for the ground nesting lapwing or ‘peewit' with its distinctive call and unmistakable head crest – once a very common bird, numbers have now fallen massively in this area and nationally.
Up on the open moors you may hear the cry of the curlew, the drumming display of a male snipe or the hollow croak of a raven.