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About Lake Vyrnwy

Important notice

The Llechwedd Du (Red) trail is open but very muddy. Wellies are recommended!

View of Lake Vyrnwy early morning

Image: Eleanor Bentall

Our visitors' centre and well-stocked shop are the ideal places to start your visit. Join a trail through the woodland and birds are soon all around you.

You should be able to see and hear pied flycatchers and redstarts, while dippers nest by the lake and rocky streams, great crested grebes and goosanders bob on the water, and above you ravens, buzzards and perhaps a peregrine soar in the skies.

Although the hillside makes for difficult terrain, one of the hides in the reserve is accessible by wheelchair. There's plenty for children too, including nestbox trails and bat and owl walks. And if you're new to birdwatching we run regular events throughout the summer.

Opening times

Shop opening hours: From 1 November-31 March are 10.30 am-4 pm, from 1 April-31 October the shop is open from 10.30 am–5 pm. The reserve itself is open at all times.

Entrance charges

None

If you are new to birdwatching...

Wheelchair-accessible feeding station hide 50 yards from RSPB Centre. Siskins, great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches and marsh tits are all seen amongst others. Regular events take place through the summer.

Information for families

Well stocked shop, cinema with regular showings of a film featuring the reserve, and lots of family events from bat and owl walks to farm fun days. Special trails for children, including a new nestbox trail and an ever growing sculpture park trail.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.76139,-3.45969
  • Grid reference: SJ016192
  • Nearest town: Welshpool, Powys
  • County: Powys
  • Country: Wales

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