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Ynys Hir Wildlife Reserve

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Address: Eglwysfach, Machynlleth, Wales
Phone Number: 01654700222
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Miles of sand and and dune

You can park on sand and go to visitors' centre to buy ticket. Can't remember but something like £1.50 for all day. Wonderful wild flowers in sand dunes. Go early morning for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Dyanna H
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

You can park on sand and go to visitors' centre to buy ticket. Can't remember but something like £1.50 for all day. Wonderful wild flowers in sand dunes. Go early morning for the best experience.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We've regularly visited Ynis hir but had not managed to visit for a few years. It had not lost its magic. We'd a wonderful walk around the reserve - the woodlands, the estuary and the farmland. We saw the pied flycatcher, one of the reserve's specialities, although the number of different species cannot compare with, say, the RSPB's East Anglian... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

You can pretty well walk for as long as you wish, lovely scenery, hills all around. Helpful map and signposting means you won't get lost. However I could have done without the lengthy and over enthusiastic sales pitch. Apparently if I did not join the RSPB something terrible would happen and it would be my fault.

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Delph
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Enjoyed all the reserve had to offer on a sunny weekend in February - after viewing all the hides we walked onto the hill at the back which is part of the reserve. Tremendous views of the estuary. Visited many times over the years and it was impressive to see the storyboards of the reclaimed bog and how the reserve... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We visited more for the scenery than the birds, and were lucky that the sun shone for the 3 hours we were there - we covered the whole site. Beautiful views over the estuary, we founds the paths well signposted, but agree with others that details of birds in the hides would be helpful to non birders! Well worth the... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Such a diverse reserve, full of woodland, grassland and water, providing a cornucopia of wildlife and viewing opportunities. By far the biggest reserve I've ever visited and I would love to visit again.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The scenery is so lovely and the hides provided wonderful places to take in the peaceful surroundings.

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Lovely place, beautiful walks, good range of hides, good birds and lovely welcoming visitor centre with good coffee, comfy chairs around the wood burning stove and even friendlier staff. Beautiful paintings and sketches of the reserve's wildlife by the talented Becky Thorley-Fox add hugely to the atmosphere - and are on sale for ridiculously low prices. Hurry hurry to invest... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very nice reception building - a log house - with a wood-burning stove. Various marked trails taking you through beautiful ancient oak woodland and past wetland habitats with hides overlooking scrapes. Large flocks of Barnacle Geese on the foreshore. A wonderful place to be on a beautiful day.

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Bingley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Visited this place afew days ago. It`s quite a large reserve so allow plenty of time when visiting. There are three main trails around the reserve, with six hides. I decided to walk round all three trails. Sadly due to very poor signage i went in the wrong direction on the woodland trail. As mentioned in previous reviews there were... More 

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