Pwll Penarth

View of Pwll Penarth Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve in summer © MWT/Tamasine Stretton

98 birds
5 reptiles & amphibians
275 insects, including 14 dragonflies & damselflies
From sewage treatment to bird paradise


SY16 3BA

OS Map Reference

A static map of Pwll Penarth

Know before you go

6 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park in the small car park down the track to the right of the gates

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Paths are reasonably level and even, but not surfaced and can be very muddy at times. From car park, walk back along the access track and then along canal towpath for approx. 300yds to reserve entrance.


Please contact the Trust for disabled access information


On a lead


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July, September to November

About the reserve

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.

Birds can be spotted at any time of year, but don’t miss Spring/Summer for breeding activity and Autumn/Winter for the chance to spot something unusual. Keep your eyes open for Otter, as the Newtown area is one of the best places in the area to see them.

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Contact us

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01938 555654
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