Facilities

Dyfi Osprey signs on boardwalkCors Dyfi Sign Post

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, the home of the Dyfi Osprey Project is a small nature reserve with a lot to offer both new and regular visitors alike. We work really hard to make sure you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

**New for 2020 - The Dyfi Wildlife Centre**

The Dyfi Wildlife Centre will be our flagship environmentally-based, visitor centre. Opening in April 2020 it will provide a fully accessible, fit-for-purpose building that will allow everyone to engage with the ospreys and other wildlife as never before.

The new centre will bring the toilets (including a Changing Places toilet), the cafe, the shop and the visitor centre under one roof. It will also include state-of -the-art interpretation facilities, a classroom and exhibition space. 

Car Park

The carpark is located just off the A487 Machynlleth to Aberystwyth road. Space is limited so we do ask you to park considerately and car-share when possible. There is no charge for car parking.

Toilets

The new centre has fully accessible toilet facilities including a Changing Places toilet. Please be aware that there are no toilet facilities on the reserve or at the 360 Observatory.

Cafe

Our new cafe 'Caffi Ty Maenan' is named after an old 'tafarn' whose ruins can be found not far from the osprey nest. The cafe serves a range of hot and cold dishes, cakes and tasty treats made from locally sourced ingredients. 

Board Walk

The non-slip purpose built board walk is 1.8m wide and runs for 520m from the Visitor Centre to the 360 Observatory. There are extra wide areas and buildout platforms with seating for you to stop along the way and enjoy stunning views of the Dyfi Valley. 

The 360 Observatory

The 360 Observatory opened in 2014 and is the centrepiece of the Dyfi Osprey Project. At just 190m from the Osprey nest it provides superb viewing opportunities and is a wonderful place just to soak up the 360° panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley.

In addition to the ospreys you may spot a cuckoo perched nearby or one of the eight species of Warbler flitting through the reeds below. There are always friendly staff and volunteers on hand to point things out or answer questions.  The 360 Observatory also has a wealth of reference books for you to use. 

Lifts

Both the upstairs of the Dyfi Wildlife Centre and the upper level of the 360 Observatory can be accessed by lifts for those with mobility issues, wheelchairs or push chairs. Full details of the lift can be found here.

Small Hide

Before the 360 Observatory was opened the small hide was once the main Osprey viewing hide on the reserve. Now it has become a peaceful place to watch the small birds on the feeders below. The small hide is accessed via steep stairs, please take care and use the hand rails provided.

Ceri Hide

The Ceri hide offers wonderful views over the pool that was created in 2016. It is a quiet space for enjoying the tranquility of the reserve and all it offers. The pitched roof of the hide creates a loft space that we hope will be used by a number of different species of bats. 

Binoculars and Telescopes

There is a telescope and large pair of binoculars available for visitors to use in the 360 Observatory. Please ask a member of staff or volunteer for assistance and we will be happy to help you get the best possible view of the Ospreys and their nest. Please be aware that at busy times there may not be space for individuals to set up their own scopes.

We also operate a binocular hire scheme from the Visitor Centre where you can rent binoculars for your visit. 

We sell a range of Opticron binoculars from the Gift Shop, a percentage of each sale goes to support the work of the Wildlife Trust.

Picnic Benches and Seating

There are picnic benches and outdoor seating areas along the boardwalk and in the outdoor areas of the 360 Observatory. You are welcome to picnic in any of these places. All we ask is please take your rubbish home with you and don't feed the wildlife or buffalo.

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. More information about the lift can be found here.

Outdoor Classroom Area

There is a small woodland teaching area near the visitor centre, car park and toilets. This is primarily used by groups but if it is free you are welcome to take a seat and enjoy this quiet space.

360 Learning Area

There is a large covered learning area on the lower level of the 360 Observatory. Like the outdoor classroom area it is primarily used by groups and for our programme of events. If it is not in use please feel free to take a seat and have a rest.