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Gwaith Powdwr

Decommissioned explosives works, now with a new lease of life as a nature reserve

A fantastic example of a place where wildlife can thrive in a post-industrial setting. Gwaith Powdwr was once the biggest explosives works in Europe. It was donated to the North Wales Wildlife Trust by ICI in 1998 and is now managed as a nature reserve. The reserve offers fabulous views of Snowdonia and the Dwyryd Estuary, and the many paths throughout the site offer excellent access. 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Heathland, Woodland
Species
Lesser Horseshoe Bat, Nightjar, Pied Flycatcher, Adder

Nearby nature reserves

Traeth Glaslyn
2 miles - North Wales Wildlife Trust
Morfa Bychan & Greenacres
4 miles - North Wales Wildlife Trust
Coed Crafnant
6 miles - North Wales Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Between Penrhyndeudraeth and the Harlech toll-bridge, through Cookes Industrial Estate.
Penrhyndeudraeth
Gwynedd
LL48 6LY
Map reference
SH 621 389
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
24.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Tarmac paths through most of site. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Some steep and rough sections of path over heathland.
Parking
Park in industrial park outside reserve entrance
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
North Wales Wildlife Trust
Tel: 07764 897414
nwwt@wildlifetrustswales.org

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