At Argaty, we have three hides:useful information
Open all day, our main red kite viewing hide offers great views of the birds and the surrounding landscape.
The best time to visit is in the afternoon for the ranger-led visit at the time when we put out the feed for the birds. Of course, the number of birds and the duration of the feeding does vary according to season and weather – they are wild!
The ranger will explain the history and behaviour of the birds as well as the story of the kite reintroduction and stay with you to enjoy the spectacle as the birds swoop and dive for their food.
We make a small entry charge at the formal visit time and you are of course welcome to take photographs. However, you are also welcome to drop in at other times of the day (honesty box system applies).
Access from the car park is up a gently sloping 350m path.
We do recommend booking ahead to confirm time and availability and particularly if a lift up to the hide would be helpful.
Our 3-person dedicated photography hide offers bigger viewing hatches, room for tripods and a closer view of the red kite feeding area.
There are great views of the kites against the dark trees that border the site.
Access is from the main path but there are 3 steps up to the hide itself.
Although pre-booking is recommended, there may be spaces available on the day of your visit.
Set in secluded woodland, this special 3–4 person hide gives close-up and intimate views of red squirrels and woodland birds (including greater spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, long tailed tits, treecreeper and even a jay).
Additional floor level hatches offer the opportunity for eye-to-eye photography – be sure to bring along a short focal length lens as well as something longer as the wildlife can come very close indeed.
While we can offer a lift across the grass fields to reach the hide, there is a short walk to the hide through the wood itself.
As the hide is not adjacent to the main centre and to minimize disturbance, pre-booking is essential.
The booking is for exclusive use of the hide and can of course be shared amongst your group.
|Main Red Kite Hide||Red Kite Photography Hide||Woodland Hide|
|arrival time||1.30pm winter
children aged 6–16 £3
Under 6s free
|£15 per person||whole hide:
£25 per hour
£50 two hours
£80 whole morning
£150 whole day
lift can be arranged
viewing flaps for wheelchair users
|350m path and 3 steps
viewing flaps not suitable for wheelchair users
|walk across fields then short walk through wood.
lift across fields can be arranged
|dogs welcome?||yes||no (except assistance dogs)||no (except assistance dogs)|