Exploring Gilfach Darganfod Gilfach

Our 'Exploring Gilfach' project continues until the end of December 2018. We hope you will enjoy the activities we put on and improvements that we have made during the project. Look out for useful information and guides to download at the bottom of this webpage.

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 has been providing new interpretation, better access and new opportunities for learning so that a wider range of people are encouraged to explore the nature reserve.

A variety of information is available to download  from the foot of this webpage including a printable trail map and information on facilities for people with limited mobility.

Exploring Gilfach - the project

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. 

Interpretation

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 called the 'Caban' was built at Pont Marteg by Tony Price Ltd during the most foul winter weather of 2017/18. Specialists Red Kite have been designing and implementing new bi-lingual interpretation around the reserve. Local sculptor Glenn Morris, inspired by the State of Nature report showing the devasting decline in wildlife, has created a scultpure of a lichen species that occurs on a rock nearby. It provides a focal point in the hub and is very tactile.  

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.

This summer a roving exhibition about Gilfach is visiting various locations in Radnorshire, including Painscastle, Llandrindod Wells museum, Presteigne, Whitton, and Rhayader Museum and Gallery.

On Saturday 22nd September we are celebrating all the achievements of the Exploring Gilfach project  as well as RWT purchasing Gilfach 30 years ago. It will be a drop-in event that includes guided walks, family activities and exhibitions. Meet at the Welcome Gateway to find out what is going on. Parking in the farmyard will only be available for those with limited mobility. A community minibus will help bus other people up to the farmyard if they prefer not to walk. Please do come and join us.

Project activities finish in October 2018 so do enjoy the summer. 

Volunteering

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.

Volunteers have been helping with maintenace, meeting visitors and monitoring wildlife. People have learnt about different botantical species, helped with the annual hay meadow survey, and worked 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 also serve refreshments too if you would like to. Chat to visitors in the farmyard, at the caban or just while you walk around the reserve.

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.

 

Downloads

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
Lichen trail near the Welcome Gateway to download, by Barbara Brown1020.35 KB
Kids sculpture trail near the Welcome Gateway to download1.38 MB
Gilfach - Access for People with Limited Mobility pdf522.32 KB
Gilfach site risk assessment227.48 KB
Gilfach butterflies poster by Silvia Cojocaru, Assistant Project Officer pdf4.19 MB
Gilfach gloynnod_byw by Silvia Cojocaru, Assistant Project Officer 4.2 MB