National Wetlands Centre Wales (Penclacwydd) PDF Print E-mail


The National Wetlands Centre Wales is run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

The Burry Inlet is Special Protection Area.

Description and habitats

This reserve is the most important bird site in the county. It has brackish and freshwater scrapes, a lagoon and reedbeds. In 1999 the reserve was extended with the creation of the Millennium Wetland. Low-grade agricultural land was transformed into a mosaic of lakes, scrapes, wet meadows, reedbeds and ditches. The British Steel Hide has a panoramic view of the Burry inlet.


Follow the brown duck signs from the M4 junction 48 or from the A484 Swansea - Llanelli link road. The nearest railway station is Llanelli from where, during the summer months, buses run regularly. The centre is on the Celtic Trail Sustrans Cycle Route 4. There is an entrance charge. WWT members have free entry.

Facilities for visitors

The reserve centre has excellent facilities for visitors including a cafe. There is full disabled access and wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available by prior arrangement (phone 01554 741087). There are several hides overlooking the scrapes and the lagoon and two hides with views of the Millennium Wetland. The centre has an information desk and a bird-sightings board.

Tips for birding the site

There are good opportunities to see passage waders in late summer and autumn. During winter, the site has large numbers of wildfowl and waders. High tide time is best when birds move off the Burry inlet and concentrate on the marsh scrapes in front of the British Steel and Michael Powell hides. Patient watching from the Heron’s Wing Hide in winter may be rewarded with a sighting of Bittern.

Best seasons

Autumn to Spring

A total of  202 species have been recorded, 62 of which have bred. More than 40 species are regularly recorded in a day and more than 50 a day during autumn passage. The following lists are an indication of the species which may be seen at this important site.

Regular birds

Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag, Brent Goose, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Curlew, Knot, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Whimbrel, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Bittern, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat Siskin, Redpoll.

Scarce and rare birds

Spring - Spoonbill, Little Ringed Plover, Green-winged Teal, Little Gull, Goshawk,

Autumn- Osprey, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Collared Pratincole, Little Stint, Grey Phalarope, Marsh Harrier, Little Tern, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Aquatic Warbler, Lapland Bunting.

Winter - Water Rail, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, White-fronted Goose, Scaup, Smew, American Wigeon, Merlin, Short-eared Owl.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2009 12:49