RSPB Valley Wetlands

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The Valley Wetlands, formerly known as Valley Lakes is a wonderful nature reserve in Anglesey which gives you the opportunity to see wildfowl all year round. Look out for tufted ducks, pochards, shovelers, gadwalls and grebes around its reed-fringed lakes when you visit.

Valley Wetlands includes two SSSIs, designated for the important open water and aquatic plant communities. With more than 20ha of reed, it holds one of the most important reedbeds in Wales, which with the surrounding marshes are home to a rich variety of wetland birds, plants and invertebrates. The wetlands are interspersed with grasslands and rocky knolls so there can be tremendous variety of habitats even within a few metres.

In spring, the reedbeds come alive with reed and sedge warblers and you may be lucky to hear a booming bittern. Keep an eye out on the lake for the spectacular courtship display of the great-crested grebes which breed here.

During the summer months, wetland plants are at their height, dragonflies and damselflies are busy, and you may spot young grebes, ducks and coots being fed.

In the winter, bird numbers are swollen by migrants and the lakes can sometimes host hundreds of wildfowl including shoveler, tufted duck, goldeneye and wigeon.

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Road Directions

By train: Valley train station is 3 miles from the reserve. From here connecting bus services 4 and X4 pass the reserve entrance.

By bus: Bus services 4 and X4 pass the reserve entrance.

By road: Follow directions for RAF Valley. Continue through a small village; the road will drop down a small hill and you will see a lake on the right-hand side. Carry on alongside the lake and reedbeds; the road will kink to the right and just as you are past the lake the entrance to the reserve car park is on the right-hand side.

Accessible by Public Transport: Valley station is 3 miles away.

RSPB Valley Wetlands

Type:Nature Reserve

Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 3NA

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