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Pwll Penarth

From sewage treatment to bird paradise

This reserve was once part of the sewage farm next door! Birds, who seem to be attracted to such places, were already regular visitors, so when the Environment Agency and the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust remodelled the site in 1996, it was easy to encourage the birds to stay. Shallow margins attract waders, whilst deeper water allows ducks and geese dabbling room! Islands and special gravel 'cliffs' were created to allow birds safe places to nest.

Best time to visit
Birds can be spotted at any time of year; don’t miss Spring/Summer for breeding activity and Autumn/Winter for the chance to spot something unusual.

For up to the minute bird sightings at Pwll Penarth, look no further than the Montgomery Bird Blog.

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Llanmerewig Glebe
2 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
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Red House
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Reserve information

By Newtown Sewage Works Llanllwchaiarn
SY16 3BA
Map reference
SO 137 927
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Open at all times
6.40 hectares
Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Paths are reasonably level and even, but are not surfaced and can be very muddy at times. From car park, walk along canal towpath for approx. 300yds to reserve entrance.
Park in the small car park down the track to the right of the gates
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01938 555654