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RSPB Ynys-Hir

RSPB Ynys-Hir

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RSPB Ynys-Hir

Nature Reserve, £3-£6

RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve,
SY20 8TA



RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. Located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Ynys-hir has miles of trails, 5 viewing hides and over 3 miles of trails. Awarded Ramsar, Natura 2000 and SSSI status.

As always at RSPB reserves the birds put on a splendid show, thanks to the excellent reserve management. Bird watching starts in the car park with a host of birds at the different sections of the bird feeding station and in the pools in front of the picnic benches.

Look for Egrets and kingfishes,finches, tits, woodpeckers and nuthatch can all take their fill - and in winter will almost clear out the feeder in the time it takes you to walk round the reserve. Grey squirrels inevitably get a meal out of it as well!

The range of habitats ensures variety and the trails provide a delightful walk even if you come during summer afternoons when birds are least in evidence. The oakwoods support all the characteristic birds of broadleaved woodland including pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler and both great and lesser spotted woodpeckers. The too often despised conifers are preferred by goldcrests and coal tits and in winter attract crossbills.

On the river look out for red-breasted merganser, a fish-eating duck with a toothed beak to ensure its catch does not escape. Common sandpiper frequent the river margins. In winter a small flock of Greenland white-fronted geese visit the marsh. They can be seen from the observation hides.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

5 viewing hides. 3 different trail routes. Toilets, Visitor centre with light refreshments and exhibitions. Picnic areas. Binoculars to hire, family activity packs to hire.

Opening Details

Open all the time

The reserve is open from dawn to dusk.
The visitor centre is open daily 10am - 4pm from November to March and 9am - 5pm from April to October.
Christmas period 2021 - Visitor Centre Open 10am - 3pm 24 December 2021 - 2 January 2021.
Reserve and Visitor Centre CLOSED Christmas Day


Non-member prices: Adult £6.00, Child £3.00, Family £12.00.


RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve,
SY20 8TA


Plan route to RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 682958  Lat: 52.54672 Long: -3.94516

By bicycle: (Sustrans cycle route) Route 8.
By train: The nearest train station is Machynlleth (6 miles). Proceed by bus or taxi to the reserve from there. If you are coming by bike, it is possible to get a train to Dyfi Junction and cycle the 2 miles to the reserve.
By bus: There is a regular bus service between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth that stops in Eglwys-fach (Service X28).
By road: The reserve is situated between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. Turn off the A487 in the village of Eglwys-fach and proceed for one mile to the car park.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Dovey Junction station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

5 viewing hides. 3 different trail routes. Toilets, Visitor centre with light refreshments and exhibitions. Picnic areas. Binoculars to hire, family activity packs to hire.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 3
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children