SpinniesAberogwen Nature Reserve

SpinniesAberogwen Nature Reserve_Bethan Vaughan Davies

SpinniesAberogwen Nature Reserve

SpinniesAberogwen Nature Reserve_Brian McGarry

A coastal lagoon where a variety of birds including waders and ducks are visible from its paths and hides. Well-loved for its regular sightings of kingfisher.


Down a minor road to the coast from the village of Tal y Bont
LL57 3YH - the adjacent farm

OS Map Reference

SH613720 - main entrance
A static map of Spinnies Aberogwen

Know before you go

3 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Large car park at the shore (SH615723); limited parking at roadside south of here (SH614721). Please keep footpath and gate at main entrance clear of cars to allow farm machinery to pass

Bicycle parking

Yes - just inside main entrance

Grazing animals


Walking trails

From the car park near the beach walk back along the road to the reserve entrances where a short walk takes you to one of two hides. It is also possible to walk along the shingle beach but it is uneven, difficult walking and should be avoided as high tide approaches as feeding birds will be disturbed. There is limited parking adjacent to the Kingfisher Bird Hide . The main entrance should only be used as a drop-off point for less-abled visitors. Please bear in mind that this area is used as a turning area for farm vehicles. The main path is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs as is the Main Hide. 


Well maintained paths and gates are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The Main Hide is designed to allow bird-watching from a wheelchair.  


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open during day light hours

Best time to visit

Autumn and Spring for migrants; summer for breeding birds. An hour or so either side of high tide is best for views of birds on the estuary

About the reserve

The Spinnies, Aberogwen is a mosaic of wetland and woodland adjacent to the Ogwen Estuary and Traeth Lavan on the coastal plain of North Gwynedd. Traeth Lavan is an internationally important area of birds. The Spinnies, Aberogwen is one of a suite of wetland sites in this area. These sites are important high water roosts/ feeding areas for a range of ducks and waders including greenshank and wigeon. The Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve is a very popular spot for bird-watching with excellent paths giving easy access to two hides with views over the lagoons  estuary of the River Ogwen and Menai Strait. It is famous for its views of kingfisher and little egret.    

Contact us

North Wales Wildlife Trust- Chris Wynne
Contact number: 01248 351541

Spinnies Aberogwen nature reserve_Guide and Map