About RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve
RSPB Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family. Nature Reserve, walking trails, Wild Play Area, fantastic waterfalls and open countryside and a whole host of children's activities and events for all the family.
The RSPB and Hafren Dyfrdwy host a jointly run information point at Lake Vyrnwy where visitors can find out more about the partnership, site history, the waymarked nature trails and other activities on site. The RSPB visitor team are also available at weekends and throughout the school holidays to provide activities for children and they run regular events throughout the year for families, adults and children. There is also a cinema with regular showings of a bilingual film featuring the reserve for visitors to enjoy.
The RSPB have three bird hides at Lake Vyrnwy for those who like to enjoy getting a little closer to the wildlife that lives here, one of which is fully accessible and is situated next door to the onsite cafe and the other two are dotted around the lake.
Dark Skies are so important, for humans, for biodiversity and for our view to the stars. Lake Vyrnwy is the perfect place for stargazing and discovering the stars overhead.
There is an ever-changing special themed trail for children through the woodland and an ever popular natural play area with den building, slide, balance beams over a stream and mud kitchen.
As an important area for wildlife, as well drinking water catchment, Lake Vyrnwy has been recognised with many national and international designations it’s received, including Special Protection Area (SPA), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), as well as a Natura 2000 site.
Lying above the beautiful reservoir of Lake Vyrnwy are thousands of hectares of Blanket bog and heather moorland, meadow and woodland, crossed by rocky streams and dotted with crags.
LAKE VYRNWY NATURE RESERVE
As an important area for wildlife, as well as having a catchment which is the largest piece of heather moorland under single ownership in the UK, Lake Vyrnwy has, as a result, been recognised in the many national and international designations it’s received, including Special Protection Area (SPA), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), as well as a Natura 2000 site.
Lying above the beautiful reservoir of Lake Vyrnwy are thousands of hectares of heather moorland, meadow and woodland, crossed by rocky streams and dotted with crags.
The RSPB, in partnership with Hafren Dyfrdwy, manage part of the reserve as the largest organic farm in England and Wales and are also currently working together to re-wet and restore 2000ha of important peatland that the RSPB manages on site .
In terms of wildlife, you may see great crested grebes and goosanders on the water, dippers by the streams and ravens, buzzards and even a peregrine, soaring overhead, as well as an abundance of pied flycatcher and redstart in spring.