Accessibility

Platform liftPlatform lift

At Cors Dyfi we work hard hard to make the Dyfi Osprey Project and the Dyfi Wildlife Centre as accessibly as possible for all those who visit. Here are our accessibility features:

Boardwalks

We have around 600m of level, extra-wide boardwalk - wide enough so that two wheelchairs can pass at the same time. The ramp to the observatory has a low gradient (1:20) with resting platform half way up.  

Toilets

We have in addition to an accessible toilet we also have a Changing Places toilet for those who require additional facilities.

Parking

Car parking is free and you can park very close to the visitor centre.We do not currently have marked parking areas but we encourage those with limited mobility to park as close as possible. If you have specific parking requirements please contact us in advance of your visit and we will be happy to help. 

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Wheelchairs

We have two wheelchairs available for loan, please ask on arrival and we will be happy to get one for you. You will need to bring a willing helper to give you a push. At peak times we cannot guarantee it will be available so you may wish to bring your own. Please note our wheelchairs have a weight limit of 17 stone/110kg.

We can also help you to access the reserve in your own wheelchair or on your own mobility scooter if you prefer. Please be aware that not all mobility scooters fit into the lift to access the upper level of the 360 Observatory. There is space to park them on the lower level from where you can access the lift in our wheel chair or standing if you prefer. 

 

If you have any questions about accessibility please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

 

 

How do you install a lift in the middle of a peat bog? 

Installing the lift in the 360 Observatory was no easy task. You can read a blog all about it here, but here are the main points:

 

1. One in 50 people are dependent on a wheelchair in the UK (2%). Another 8% have restricted mobility and cannot walk further than 500m.

2. Our lift is made by INVALIFTS - a premier lift company from Sweden

3. Our model is the top-of-the-range, 'Rolls Royce' model - the MC 2000 Platform lift

4. The lift can take six people or 500Kg (half a ton!)

5. The lift travels approximately seven meters and takes just over 30 seconds to get to the top

6. If you visit and need to use the lift, a volunteer will be on hand to help operate the lift for you

7. The lift uses a 16 Amp supply and needs around 3Kw of power to run (around the same as boiling a kettle)

8. The lift can take sizes up to 1400mm x 1100mm (so small mobility scooters as well)

 

We don't believe that restricted mobility and disability should be barriers from enjoying and learning about ospreys and wildlife.