RSPB Nature Reserve Ynys-hir



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The mixture of different habitats is home to an abundance of birds and wildlife. The saltmarshes in winter support the only regular wintering flock of Greenland white-fronted geese in England and Wales, in addition to peregrines, hen harriers and merlins. The sessile oak woodland is home to pied flycatchers, wood warblers, and redstarts in the summer, but woodpeckers, nuthatches, red kites, sparrowhawks and buzzards are here all year round. Otters, polecats, 30 butterfly and 15 dragonfly species are also present. There are varied events and self lead activities such as brass rubbing and pond dipping. Picnic benches and light refreshments available. Please telephone for details of events running throughout the year.

RSPB Nature Reserve Ynys-hir
Visitor Centre,Cae'r Berllan,EGLWYS FACH,Machynlleth,SY20 8TA


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Can take car to viewpoint
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 9am-9pm (or sunset if earlier). Visitor Centre: Apr-Oct, daily 9-5; Nov-Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4. Reserve closed 25 Dec

About the area

Discover Ceredigion

The name ‘Ceredigion’ takes a bit of explanation. The town of Cardigan gives its name to the surrounding bay, but the county now uses the Welsh word for Cardiganshire – Ceredigion, pronounced with a ‘dig’. Cardigan Bay itself is a large inlet of the Irish Sea and stretches from Bardsey Island to Strumble Head. With many beaches and a unique marine life, it’s the place to come to spot bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and Atlantic grey seals. The area is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), designated under European law to protect its species and habitats. The Ceredigion coastal path is also a major attraction.

Much of the surrounding land is fertile farmland, dotted with towns and seaside resorts such as Fishguard, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Borth, Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Porthmadog. It’s also a section of coast that major rivers flow into, including the Afon Glaslyn, Teifi, Rheidol, Dyfi, Aeron, Dysynni and Mawddach. Historically, the area supported a strong maritime industry. Cardigan was a major hub, once having more than 300 ships registered in its port, seven times as many as Cardiff. Due to being something of a backwater, in many ways this area remains charmingly unspoilt. The nearby heather-clad Preseli Hills are an additional delight.

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