Dyfi Osprey Visitor Centre

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR, Wales

In 2011, for the first time in over 400 years Ospreys bred in the Dyfi valley on the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve site. The reserve is the home of the Dyfi Osprey Project is a small nature reserve with a lot to offer both new and regular visitors alike.

The Visitor centre is located next to the carpark. It is the starting point of every visit and is the place to catch up on the latest Osprey news. The centre is equipped with four screens displaying live pictures from the Osprey nest. There are always knowledgeable staff and volunteers on hand to help you with questions. A small gift shop is also located in the Visitor Centre.

The 360 Observatory opened in 2014 and is the centrepiece of the Dyfi Osprey Project. At just 190m from the Osprey nest it provides superb viewing opportunities and is a wonderful place just to soak up the 360° panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley.

In addition to the ospreys you may spot a cuckoo perched nearby or one of the eight species of Warbler flitting through the reeds below. There are always friendly staff and volunteers on hand to point things out or answer questions. The 360 Observatory also has a wealth of reference books for you to use.

Most visitors spend around one and a half to two hours per visit, including some time in the 360 Observatory and it takes approximately 10 minutes each way to walk to the 360 Observatory if you don't get distracted by the views or wildlife along the way!


With the exception of an elevated bird hide the reserve is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Facilities include visitor centre with a small shop and a cafe offering basic refreshments - teas/coffees, sandwiches, cakes etc. There is a disabled male and female toilet.

Outside of the osprey season the board walk at Cors Dyfi reserve is open during daylight hours (Except Thursdays), so do pop down if you get the chance. The postcode is SY20 8SR.

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