Dyfi Wildlife Centre

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The Dyfi Wildlife Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere is in a a stunning new building with leading-edge ‘carbon positive’ energy performance.

The Dyfi Wildlife Centre is the home of the Dyfi Osprey Project at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve. Most visitors spend around one and a half to two hours per visit, including some time in the 360 Observatory where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley.

In 2011, for the first time in over 400 years Ospreys bred in the Dyfi valley on the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve site. The reserve is the home of the Dyfi Osprey Project with a lot to offer both new and regular visitors alike.

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The Dyfi Wildlife Visitor Centre opened in Spring 2021. For the first time visitors and volunteers can experience all the previous amenities – the toilets, the café and seating areas, interpretation and osprey screens, the shop and volunteer areas all into one place, under one roof, in a stunning new building with leading-edge ‘carbon positive’ energy performance; it's called the Dyfi Wildlife Centre - a truly world class experience.

The 360 Observatory opened in 2014 and is the centrepiece of the reserve. At just 190m from the Osprey nest it provides superb viewing opportunities and is a wonderful place just to soak up the 360° panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley. View live, high resolution osprey nest camera footage at the Dyfi Wildlife Centre on large plasma screens or folllow the boardwalk through the reserve to the 360 Observatory.

In addition to the ospreys you may spot a cuckoo perched nearby or one of the eight species of Warbler flitting through the reeds below. There are always friendly staff and volunteers on hand to point things out or answer questions.

Most visitors spend around one and a half to two hours per visit, including some time in the 360 Observatory and it takes approximately 10 minutes each way to walk to the 360 Observatory if you don't get distracted by the views or wildlife along the way!

The reserve is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Outside of the osprey season the Dyfi Wildlife Centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-4pm, so do pop down if you get the chance. The postcode is SY20 8SR.

Dyfi Wildlife Centre | 360 Observatory

The home of the Dyfi Osprey Project is the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve. Most visitors spend around one and a half to two hours per visit, including some time in the 360 Observatory where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley.

Groups by pre-booking only. The upper levels of the Observatory are accessed by gentle gradient stairs or by the lift.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Autumn / Winter Season£3.00 per adult
Spring /Summer Season£6.00 per adult

Free for Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust members and to use Caffi Ty Maenan

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits

Parking

  • EV Charging - Fast 15 EV Chargerschargers that can charge your car at up to 22kWh, depending on your car's specification.
  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Dyfi Wildlife Centre is found at grid reference SN701985, 3.5 miles south west of Machynlleth on the A487 Abersytwyth road just south of Morben Isaf caravan park.

Public Transport Directions

Access via public transport - If travelling by bus from Machynlleth you will be dropped by the Morben Isaf Caravan Park entrance. The safest pedestrian route would be to follow the signage through the caravan park to the reserve (the road is very busy and there is no footpath along the road itself).

Travelling by train: The recommended station is Machynlleth and then either a bus (see above), your own bicycle or taxi from Machynlleth to the reserve. There is no access from Dyfi Junction station.

Dyfi Wildlife Centre

Type:Wildlife Park

Dyfi Wildlife Centre, Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR

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Opening Times

Spring / Summer Season (1 Apr 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Autumn / Winter Season (1 Oct 2024 - 30 Dec 2024)

* Closed January - March

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

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