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Ynys Hir Wildlife Reserve

Eglwysfach, Machynlleth, Wales
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Machynlleth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Most recent review
- Sep 9, 2014
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Ynnis Hir is an RSPB reserve and is absolutely beautiful. The views across the valley are stunning and of course it is a great magnet for migrating birds. We found the staff very welcoming and knowledgeable about the birds and the walks. There is a coffee machine and biscuits available to purchase but no cafeteria on site. There are picnic... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had a day out here in August. We arrived early & took ourselves off around the reserve, fantastic views & walks. On returning to the car park we went into reception & showed our RSPB membership cards. The staff were friendly & helpful. After a picnic by the car park we set off again. More folk around now but... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were badgered by the staff to join the RSPB which was not a problem, but felt pressured. The hides were not up to the usual RSPB standard. Just a picture of birds etc. No books, no info on the kind of wildlife that you might expect to see. Overall, not as good as other sites.

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Kent UK
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited here after the Osprey project and weren't that impressed. The member of staff was more interested in us joining the RSPB, than showing / guiding / informing us about the site. The hides were basic, but didn't have any information of any birds that you might see. This is surely an easy thing to do - a poster... More

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We had hoped to see more after seeing such a lot on Spring Watch, but were lucky enough to see a pied flycatcher going into its nest box, we also saw a red start, which was lovely.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

As RSPB members we have visited a lot of reserves and this is definitely one of the best. A rich habitat for a variety of wildlife. We saw a red kite fly right above our heads and an osprey looking for fish. The entrance area is also amusing with lots of birds and squirrels fighting over food from the feeders.... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Wonderful reserve full of huge range of habitats, with hides to help you to view them, but shop very limited, and no café.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Great deal of wild fowl to be seen but perhaps too many Canada Geese. Staff are far too interested in trying to get you to join the RSPB than giving you good advice on the routes to follow etc.

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Oswaldtwistle Lancs
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Very helpful staff that provided really good information as to what we could see and the highlights of the season. Some of the trails were quite slippery underfoot so we would recommend hiking boots. We only had a limited time so will be returning.

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Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
41 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

So many different habitats and therefore so many different birds. Volunteers are friendly and helpful. Lovely place to visit.

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