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Dolydd Hafren

Floodplain mosaic

The forces of nature are very obvious at Dolydd Hafren. On one side are the plants and animals trying to keep their roots in the ground and a roof over their head and on the other is the River Severn that, at times, causes complete chaos! Erosion caused by tremendous surges of water after heavy rain means that habitats are frequently destroyed, but on the flip side, this is exactly when new habitats are also created.

The great diversity of habitats on this natural floodplain provides for a wealth of wildlife from the rare, inconspicuous Mudwort to the frequently spotted Brown Hare; and if birds are your thing, then Dolydd Hafren is hard to beat!

Best time to visit
With such a diversity of species, there is plenty to see at Dolydd Hafren all year round. Migration season in Spring and Autumn can be the most exciting time; you never know what you might see!

For up to the minute bird sightings at Dolydd Hafren, the Montgomery Bird Blog is a great place to start:


Seasonal checklist

Brown Hare Kingfisher Tree Sparrow Teal
Otter Sand Martin Little Egret Wigeon
Little RInged Plover Hobby Stock Dove Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting White-legged Damselfly Water Rail Starling
Common Toad Flowering Rush Clouded Yellow Curlew


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3 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Llyn Coed y Dinas
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Dolforwyn Woods
4 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1.5 miles past Forden village
SY21 8NN
Map reference
SJ 201 000
Great for...
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun
Aug - Oct
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Opening Times
Open at all times
41.00 hectares
Paths generally flat, steps to access both elevated hides. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Paths generally flat, steps to access both elevated hides
Follow track down to the Trust car park, but please note that the track is very rough in places and is therefore difficult to access without a 4x4.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01938 555654