image for Nature Reserve item typeRSPB Ynyshir Nature Reserve



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Nature Reserve, £2.50-£5




01654 700222


SY20 8TA

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 15 Oct - Sun 13 Nov Autumn Craft Fair
Wed 26 Oct Wild Wednesday -Ynys-Hir Wyllt


As always at RSPB reserves the birds put on a splendid show, thanks to the excellent reserve management. Bird watching starts in the car park with a host of birds at the different sections of the bird feeding station.

Finches, tits, woodpeckers and nuthatch can all take their fill - and in winter will almost clear out the feeder in the time it takes you to walk round the reserve. Grey squirrels inevitably get a meal out of it as well!

The range of habitats ensures variety and the trails provide a delightful walk even if you come during summer afternoons when birds are least in evidence. The oakwoods support all the characteristic birds of broadleaved woodland including pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler and both great and lesser spotted woodpeckers. The too often despised conifers are preferred by goldcrests and coal tits and in winter attract crossbills.

On the river look out for red-breasted merganser, a fish-eating duck with a toothed beak to ensure its catch does not escape. Common sandpiper frequent the river margins. In winter a small flock of Greenland white-fronted geese visit the marsh. They can be seen from the observation hides.

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board Member

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

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Opening Details

Open all the time

The reserve is open from dawn to dusk.

The visitor centre is open daily 9am - 5pm from April to October and 10am - 4pm from November to March (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).


RSPB Members: Free
Non-RSPB members: £5 adult, £2.50 child and concessions, £10 family.



Plan route to RSPB Ynyshir Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 682958  Lat: 52.54672 Long: -3.94516

By bicycle: (Sustrans cycle route) Route 8

By train: The nearest train station is Machynlleth. Proceed by bus or taxi to the reserve from there. If you are coming by bike, it is possible to get a train to Dyfi Junction and cycle the 2 miles to the reserve.

By bus: There is a regular bus service between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth that stops in Eglwys-fach.

By road: The reserve is situated between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. Turn off the A487 in the village of Eglwys-fach and proceed for one mile to the car park.

The Reserve is 2 miles from Dovey Junction Railway Station & 6 from Machynlleth.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Dovey Junction station


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

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