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image for Nature Reserve item typeRSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

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Nature Reserve, £2.50-£5

Ynys-hir

Ynys-hir

Details

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.

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 welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

6 viewing hides. 3 different trail routes. Toilets, Visitor centre with light refreshments and exhibitions. Picnic areas. Binoculars to hire, family activity packs to hire. Stunning views, open all year except Christmas. Full events programme.

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.

Prices

RSPB Members: Free
Non-RSPB members: £5 adult, £2.50 child, £10 family.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 14 Oct - Sun 12 Nov Autumn Craft Fair
Wed 25 Oct Wild Wednesdays
Tue 31 Oct Twilight Trail
Wed 1 Nov Wild Wednesdays
Thu 2 Nov Family Wood day
Thu 2 Nov Wild In The Woods

Contact

Enquiries

01654 700222

Address

Eglwysfach,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 8TA

Location

Directions

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. 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.

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.

The Reserve is 2 miles from Dovey Junction Railway Station & 6 from Machynlleth.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Dovey Junction station

Facilities

  • 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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

6 viewing hides. 3 different trail routes. Toilets, Visitor centre with light refreshments and exhibitions. Picnic areas. Binoculars to hire, family activity packs to hire. Stunning views, open all year except Christmas. Full events programme.