Gwaith Powdwr was an explosive works from 1865 to 1995. Donated to the North Wales Wildlife Trust by ICI in 1998 it is now a 24 hectare nature reserve. Well marked paths provide excellent access through a range of habitats including woodland and heathland and overlooking open water.
Gwaith Powdwr was once the most high-tech explosives factory in Europe. Over 500 people were employed manufacturing explosives for the mining industry and military munitions during both World Wars. The first factory opened in 1865 and production continued until 1995 when the works closed due to the decline in the coal industry.
Whatever time of year you are visiting, there is plenty to look out for. From Green Woodpecker feeding on anthills to bats flying from the old buildings at dusk or newts in the ponds around the reserve. Throughout the spring and summer Pied Flycatcher and Nightjar join the resident birds and there is also a wide range of woodland and heathland wildflowers to see.
From here you can enjoy a walk up to the bird hide and the Pendulum Shed where you have excellent views of the Dwyryd Estuary and the Snowdonia mountains.
In order to avoid disturbing ground-nesting birds, there are seasonal access restrictions to parts of the reserve. Some parts of the path network are steep, so appropriate footwear should be worn.
|Gwaith Powdwr Nature Reserve is a particularly special wildlife area as it part of the Snowdonia Centre of Excellence. This is a £4 million project creating and developing the best outdoor adventure opportunities the sector can offer through four key sites.
These four outdoor activity centres include Antur Stiniog downhill mountain bike trails, Coed y Brenin mountain bike centre, Glan Llyn multi activity centre and Prysor Angling at Llyn Trawsfynydd. The project is nearing completion and some exciting developments have been happening at each of the four sites. Click here
to find out more.