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Gilfach Nature Visitor Centre

Contact
  • Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, St. Harmon, Rhayader, Powys LD6 5LF
  • Phone 01597 - 870 301 or Phone 01597 - 823 274
Summary

Situated in a beautiful setting at the mouth of the Marteg Valley in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales, Gilfach is locally unique because of its wide variety of habitats, high moorland to enclosed meadow; oak woodland to rocky upland river. Because of this variety the farm supports a tremendous abundance of birds, animals and plants within a comparatively small area. This richness of wildlife has adapted to living in the various habitats created over the centuries through the practice of traditional farming. Central to the reserve is the old Longhouse (now the Visitor Centre), a traditional building in Wales, having been developed from a wooden-framed medieval house. The farm itself survives as a complex pattern of ancient oak woodlands, hedgerow-enclosed meadows, green lanes, drovers' roads, and boundary walls formed from huge standing stones. The history of human activity in the Marteg valley can be read in the landscape, from the Bronze Age burial mound on the slope of Yr Wyloer to the remains of the Mid Wales Railway as it cuts and tunnels through the hills. Various established footpaths cross the reserve, all well-signposted and with interpretative display panels. Leaflets are available for these footpaths.

Badgers

Badger watching, educational and group visits by arrangement with the Warden.

Facilities
  • Baby-change facilities, suitable for pushchairs and with Wheelchair access
  • Parking available, but No Dogs
  • Refreshments and Picnic area
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