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Lake Vyrnwy Birdwatching

Lake Vyrnwy Birdwatching

Birdwatching, free entry


The RSPB visitor centre is an ideal place 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.

Heather moorland, woodland, meadows, rocky streams and a large reservoir attract a wide variety of wildlife to this reserve set at the southern end of the Berwyn Mountains. Dippers and kingfishers nest by the lake and rocky streams, while ravens and buzzards can be found on the moorland.

Lake Vyrnwy is popular with both birdwatchers and families alike as it offers a full range of facilities, including a shop, nature trails and birdwatching hides. Visitors can drive around the reservoir by car.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening Details

Open all the time

Reserve open all day, every day

Shop opening hours for the winter (1 November - 31 March) are 10.30am - 4.00pm weekdays, and 10.30am - 4.30pm weekends.
From 1 April - 31 October the shop is open from 10.30am – 5.30pm. The reserve itself is open at all times.


Free entry



Plan route to Lake Vyrnwy / Llyn Efyrnwy using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 016191  Lat: 52.76101 Long: -3.45876

By Car: From Llanfyllin, take the B4393 to Llanwddyn. Continue along the B4393 to Llanwddyn by taking a right turn. At the dam, turn left, then left at the end of the dam. The RSPB visitor centre is on the right.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
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