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 a 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.

Download the new Gilfach Trail Map from the foot of this webpage.

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 is overseeing capital work and paperwork. Our project officer is Barbara Brown and she is employed from March 2017 to  October 2018 to run activities, training and events as well as supporting volunteering at Gilfach. The assistant project officer during 2018 is Silvia Cojocaru who will help to run activities, do some moth, bird and mammal surveying as well as working with other staff and volunteers. 


Over the last year, with the help of contractors and volunteers, we have  been installing new interpretation and information about Gilfach. A new interpretation hub was  built at Pont Marteg by Tony Price Ltd during the most foul winter weather, and specialists Red Kite have been designing and implementing new interpretation around the reserve, in the new hub and in the byre. 

Iolo Williams has  narrated a fantastic new welcome film about Gilfach - see it in the byre!

Events in 2018.

Look on the RWT events webpage or contact Barbara Brown direct on barbara@rwtwales.org to find out about activities at Gilfach this year.

Make the most of it because the project activities finish in October 2018. 


There are lots of opportunities for volunteering and training with the project. The Gilfach Ranger group meets fortnightly on Fridays at Gilfach, doing a variety of activities. 

The Friday group helps with maintenace jobs, meeting visitors and monitoring wildlife. People learn about different botantical species, help with the annual hay meadow survey, and work with staff during activity days, serving refreshments. Please contact Barbara barbara@rwtwales.org for information on joining the group.

Do you like chatting about wildlife?

We are always looking for volunteers who enjoy chatting to visitors about Gilfach and its wildlife - this sort of personal contact often makes their visit particularly memorable. You can volunteer like this just occasionally or at any time of the week, and you could serve refreshments too if you would like to.

Please get in touch with Darylle, Barbara or Suzie if you are interested in helping out in this way at Gilfach. Telephone the office on 01597 823298.



FilenameFile size
Gilfach Heritage Assessment Final Report2.6 MB
Welsh clearwing field guide 2017 by Phil Evans, Assistant Project Officer4.72 MB
Welsh clearwing report 2017 by Phil Evans, Assistant Project Officer4.78 MB
Gilfach bilingual trail map for printing, A4 on 2 sides for larger writing2.49 MB
Gilfach bilingual trail map for printing, A4 on 1 side_A4.jpg1.85 MB