Greenacres Nature Reserve

Greenacres Nature Reserve_Rob Booth

A diverse mix of dune grassland and willow carr, with numerous seasonal and permanent ponds.

Location

From the centre of Porthmadog, head SW along the road signposted for Porthmadog golf course and Morfa Bychan. Park in the village of Morfa Bychan and walk towards the beach, along the main road, past Greenacres Holiday Park. A public footpath sign and gate on the left (SH535374) leads you into the reserve. Alternatively, approach the reserve from the beach car park at the road’s end (SH529372).
Morfa Bychan
Gwynedd
LL49 9YH

OS Map Reference

SH535374
A static map of Greenacres

Know before you go

Size
19 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Grazing animals

Yes, cattle in autumn and winter.

Walking trails

There is a public footpath that crosses the reserve and dunes, ending on the beach. Other well-trodden permissive paths exist but can be often submerged at times of high rainfall, especially in winter.

Access

Generally flat and sandy, but often submerged at times of high rainfall.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring / Summer

About the reserve

Whilst protected specifically for rare plant species such as variegated horsetail and sharp rush, the reserve is also home to dune specialist invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles. Scrub and willow provide nesting opportunities for spring migrant birds such as chiffchaff, willow warbler, and whitethroat, while ground-nesting species such as oystercatcher and reed bunting find cover in the long grass. 

Contact us

North Wales Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01248 351541

Environmental designation

SAC SSSI