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With Christmas fast approaching, there are a number of birds you might see whilst out walking who have migrated to Wales for the winter.
One of those is the snow bunting. Snow buntings are members of the bunting family and are recognisable by its striking snowy plumage.
Most commonly, snow buntings can be found breeding around the arctic from Scandinavia all the way across to Alaska, Canada and Greenland. But towards the end of every September, they migrate south with a number of them migrating to Wales and other parts of the UK.
Their natural habitat is on farmland, upland or close to the sea which is why you will find most of the snow buntings that migrate to the UK dotted around the coastline. You are most likely to find them during the winter months on coast sites in Scotland and all the way down the east coast of England as far south as Kent. Snow buntings can usually be seen up until around February and March, when they head off north to breed.
Here are some facts about the Snow Bunting in case you come across one on your wintery walks.
To find out more about snow buntings and other birds that migrate to Wales for the winter click here.
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