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Nature Reserve, free entry

Pwll Penarth Sunflowers

Pwll Penarth Sunflowers

Pwll Penarth Sunflowers


Pwll Penarth, a wetland nature reserve managed by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Severn Trent Water, lies between a bend in the river and the derelict Montgomery Canal.

This reserve was once part of the sewage farm next door! Birds, who seem to be attracted to such places, were already regular visitors, so when the Environment Agency and the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust remodelled the site in 1996 it was easy to encourage the birds to stay. Shallow margins attract waders, whilst deeper water allows ducks and geese dabbling room! Islands and special gravel 'cliffs' were created to allow birds safe places to nest.

Best time to visit
Birds can be spotted at any time of year; don’t miss Spring/Summer for breeding activity and Autumn/Winter for the chance to spot something unusual. Recent sightings include Firecrest, Great Grey Shrike, Lesser Redpoll, Lesser Whitethroat, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck, Waxwing, Wood Duck & Yellow Wagtail.

Visiting Pwll Penarth
Paths are suitable for wheelchairs, but access by prior arrangement; please contact the Trust.

Well-behaved dog owners are welcome - remember, you dog doesn't know that it is a nature reserve, so please help us retain this privilege by keeping him on a lead and clearing up any mess.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Open all the time


Free entry




SY16 3BA



Plan route to Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 134925  Lat: 52.52425 Long: -3.27652

By Bus: the nearest bus stop is in Llanllwchaiarn, approximately 1km from the reserve.

By Car: Take the B4568 from Newtown to Llanllwchaiarn, turn down by the church and follow the lane for a mile to the sewage works gates. Park in the small park down the track to the right of the gates.

Pwll Penarth is found at grid reference SO 137926

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Newtown station


  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted