Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve
OS Grid Ref:-SH 797773
The Conwy Nature Reserve consists of coastal lagoons and grassland alongside the Conwy estuary with spectacular views across to Snowdonia and historic Conwy Castle.
The reserve is owned and maintained by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The RSPB visitor centre centre on the site stocks a wide range of books, gifts, binoculars and bird food. There is also a coffee shop selling hot and cold drinks snacks and confectionery. The coffee shop overlooks a lagoon where a range of fascinating birds can be seen all year round.
A number of footpaths take the visitor around a series of lagoons, through flower-filled meadows and back along beside the estuary. Well positioned observation hides allow visitors to the reserve to watch the birds in the estuary without fear of disturbing them.
The Conway Estuary is home to many species of wading and migrant birds. The Estuary hosts large numbers of ducks and waders. In the winter months a large gull roost is known to form near dusk. Ospreys can be sighted during the Spring and late Summer months. Birds which may be observed on the reserve include lapwings, which perform aerial displays over the grassland in the spring, black tailed godwits, shelduck (pictured above), water rail; skylark, heron, reed warbler, buzzards, reed bunting, goldfinch, bullfinch, whimbrel, kingfisher, sedge warbler and willow warbler.
There are three bird hides in all and two viewing screens. A specially designed hide has interactive displays. Childrens' activities table, plus two different childrens' activity trails. Open days and guided walks cater for all audiences, from the keen birdwatcher looking for migrants and unusual wintering species to the beginner in search of some help with their hobby.
No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs