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Photo by Brian Dunning
Mawddach Estuary, July 2012



In the Snowdonia National Park and overlooking the Mawddach Estuary, this reserve consists of Sessile Oak and birch woodland interspersed with heathy glades. A stream, flowing through a gorge forms one border of the reserve.


Notable Species

Breeding birds of the woodlands include all three British woodpeckers, Common Buzzard and Northern Raven, Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Wood Warbler. Common Dipper and Grey Wagtail nest along the stream.


Birds you can see here include:

Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Tawny Owl, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White-throated Dipper, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, European Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch, Eurasian Treecreeper, Northern Raven, Common Starling, Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

The reserve can be reached via a public footpath from the A496 Barmouth to Dolgellau road, starting close to the tollbridge road which crosses the estuary to Penmaenpool. Here the RSPB and North Wales Naturalist's Trust run an information centre.

Grid reference: SH695184

Contact Details

Tel: 01654 700222

External Links

Content and images originally posted by Steve