Planet Wales City Safari

Cardfff Central Train Station, Central Square CF10 1EP

A little known fact about Cardiff is that it's one of the most greenest capitals in Europe.  Factor in its own mountain, one of the largest city parks in the UK, stunning ancient woodlands and its own stretch of coastline, and you can understand the reasoning behind Planet Wales' quirky venture: a city safari showing groups of no more than 8–10 people the wildlife and natural landscapes of the Welsh capital.  Led by Bill –  a blue badge guide for Wales who could smash the mastermind challenge on Welsh history – and his like-minded team, your first port-of-call is Garth Hill, Cardiff's modest and only mountain, which allows sensational green views and the chance to spot rare birds of prey, ferrets, stoats and stunning flora & fauna.  The next stop follows the river Taff, where, in season, you will see wild salmon, and then Garth Forest, which – due to its odd combination of both acidic and alkaline soil – has an unusual array of flora and fauna.  Afterwards you head down to Forest Farm Nature Reserve and the Glamorgan canal, which gives you a chance to put your (provided) binoculars to the test and do some birdwatching. Finally the safari shifts back to the city centre, and Bute Park, home to hundreds of different species of birds and flowers, finishing up at the coast at Cardiff Bay.  It's a great and unique way to see the capital; Cardiff's diversity will confound you, and you'll probably forget you're in a city at all. The ultimate tour.

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