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Visit the RSPB Lake Vyrnwy in Oswestry!

by Emma Oswestry, Aug 2018

The RSPB Lake in Vyrnwy is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Oswestry. Especially for those who are wildlife enthusiasts!

Along the upland streams you can find the bobbing dipper and grey wagtails searching and diving for food in the fast flowing water with the potential glimpse of some otters or wintering kingfishers. A drive along one of the two moorland roads will provide the opportunity for some upland specialists such as whinchat, wheatear, ring ouzel and potentially the elegant hen harrier as it quarters the moorland looking for prey.

In late summer the heather is in full bloom with areas of moorland becoming a rolling carpet of purple and a great nectar source for many insects.

Set in the most stunning location, the 12-mile cycle route around the lake is a great way to take in the remote mountains, ancient woodlands and thick forest, expansive waters and the iconic neo-Gothic water tower. You can enjoy these sights at a pleasant pace by cycling some or all of the lake perimeter that is just over 12 miles.

Explore one the five nature trails, of varying capabilities, with a walks leaflet available in the reserve shop. Take an inspiring stroll through the sculpture park and along the river, or up to the Rhiwagor waterfall. Bring a picnic and relax at one of the viewing points along the lake. Visit the three bird hides and partake in regular nature events like the dawn chorus and nightjar walks.