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Nature Reserve, free entry

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The forces of nature are very obvious at Dolydd Hafren. On one side are the plants and animals trying to keep their roots in the ground and a roof over their head and on the other is the River Severn that, at times, causes complete chaos! Erosion caused by tremendous surges of water after heavy rain means that habitats are frequently destroyed, but on the flip side, this is exactly when new habitats are also created.

The great diversity of habitats on this natural floodplain provides for a wealth of wildlife from the rare, inconspicuous Mudwort to the frequently spotted Brown Hare; and if birds are your thing, then Dolydd Hafren is hard to beat!

Best time to visit - With such a diversity of species, there is plenty of see at Dolydd Hafren all year round. Migration season in Spring and Autumn can be the most exciting time; you never know what you might see! It could be a beautiful Barn Owl, like this one recorded by the BBC on this very reserve.

Visiting Dolydd Hafren - Nearly all the paths are flat, they can be uneven, wet & muddy in places. There are two elevated bird hides accessed via wooden steps. Sorry, the reserve is not accessible to wheelchair users. Well-behaved dog owners are welcome - remember, your dog doesn't know that it is a nature reserve, so please help us retain this privilege by keeping him on a lead and clearing up any mess.

Dogs accepted

Open all the time


Free entry




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Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SJ 219005  Lat: 52.59693 Long: -3.15343


The reserve is on the east side of the Severn between the river and the centre of Forden village off the B4388 (Montgomery to Welshpool road). Through Forden village keep going for about 1.5 miles to the Gaer Farm at a sharp left bend. Turn right off the bend and follow track down to the Trust car park, but please note that it is very rough in places and is therefore difficult to access without a 4x4. Keep to the footpath which leads to the observation hides.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Welshpool station


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