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Thursday 28th September 2017,
7.30pm - 9.30pm

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Exploring Gilfach Darganfod Gilfach

Our 'Exploring Gilfach' project has begun and continues until the end of December 2018. We hope you will enjoy the activities we put on and improvements that we make during the project.

About Gilfach

Gilfach nature reserve is an old upland farm, set in scenic landscape rich in wildlife and history, near Rhayader in Mid-Wales. Our project will provide new interpretation, better access and new opportunities for learning so that a wider range of people are encouraged to explore the reserve.

The project began in September 2016 and will continue until December 2018 with a variety of improvements and activities taking place during this time. Existing staff member Darylle Hardy is the project manager and will oversee capital work and paperwork. Our new project officer is Barbara Brown and she will be employed from March 2017 to run activities, training and events as well as supporting volunteering at Gilfach. We will also be employing an assistant project officer for 6 months over the summer, who will help run activities and use the opportunity to develop their own skills.

There will be lots of opportunities for volunteering and training with the project, particularly during the first year. Please do get in touch with Darylle ( if you are interested in helping, whether from home or at Gilfach.



Over the first year, with the help of contractors and volunteers, we will develop new interpretation and information about Gilfach. A new interpretation hub will be built at Pont Marteg and specialists will design and implement new interpretation, particularly in the new hub and in the byre.

We are looking for volunteers to help with digitising old photos, recording stories from the local community and from RWT volunteers, making short films about Gilfach, its wildlife, history and people, researching the landscape history of Gilfach and making information about species more easily accessible to the public. There will be training to support these activities.


Events include:

  • Easter activities for families - life under a lens; a lichen trail and flag making (see events programame)
  • Explore Gilfach's birdlife on International songbird day (7th May), in collaboration with Rhayader by Nature
  • Exploring Gilfach - a celebration of nature: various events including archaeology walks (27th May), Lichen and moss walk (2nd June) and a big family activity day including poetry and walking like a fox (3rd June)
  • 'Inspired by Gilfach' textile exhibition in August 2017 with the WyeSevern Stichers
  • Launch of the new interpretation at Easter 2018
  • Exhibitions of art, craft and film and talks, inspired by Gilfach, across Mid Wales in 2018
  • End of project celebration of Gilfach in Sept 2018


Training about lower plants and invertebrates

We will run two training courses for budding lichenologists over the project with field trips and mentoring. We will also run a series of day training for beginners or improvers so people can get familiar with some of the less visible species at Gilfach, including lichen, mosses, sedges, ferns, fungi, butterflies and moths, meadow insects, bees and hoverflies. We hope that people will be able to inspire other visitors about these species or record them at home.


A wider range of people at Gilfach

We will be starting a Gilfach Volunteer Ranger Group, who will help with a variety of much-needed tasks at Gilfach depending on their skills and interests, including maintenance jobs, clearing marauding brambles from footpaths, chatting with visitors, monitoring wildlife, running guided walks, checking the farm animals, and more.

We will also be running some activities for disadvantaged groups of people from nearby towns and also for families stopping at Pont Marteg, to encourage a wider range of people to enjoy Gilfach.


Improving Visitor facilities

With the help of volunteers and contractors, we will also be doing work to improve the visitor facilities, including upgrading sections of footpaths, water-efficiency measures in the toilets, new sensor lighting, and new doors to the visitor centre. Are you a keen DIYer? We are looking for help in renewing the kitchen creating new storage spaces in the visitor centre.


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Gilfach Interpretation Strategy and Action Plan2.12 MB
Exploring Gilfach Activity Plan825.69 KB
Gilfach Heritage Assessment Final Report2.6 MB