Flamingos, peacocks and tropical caravans might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Conwy in Wales.

However, these were the first things we encountered when staying at my old school mate’s Air BNB “Tropicaravan“, just a short drive from the historic Welsh town. I should probably clarify that hosts Katie & Kieran aren’t paying me to write up about our stay or mention their stunning “air pad” (although maybe this mention does warrant a pint on our next visit! 😉 ). The truth is, the whole family fell in love with the caravan, the town and the whole area.

Last month RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve celebrated its 25th year since opening and I thought this was an opportune moment to share my photos from our inspiring stay and visit.

Almost exactly a year on I can still vividly remember the excitement at stumbling upon a bee orchid in the RSPB ground, the edgy nervousness at the frisky ponies, the haunting flight of little egrets as they cruised over the river Conwy and the shelducks wading along soggy sandbars in front of the 13th Century castle. Our short time in this inspiring area left a real impression on me and I’m desperate to get some Walking Photography events organised there soon!