Exploring Gilfach Darganfod Gilfach

The main part of our 'Exploring Gilfach' project has finished though Project Manager Darylle Hardy will be in post tidying up loose ends until March 2019. We hope you have enjoyed 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.

Visit the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust You Tube channel to see the new Gilfach film with Iolo Williams, part of the new interpretation for the nature reserve. You will also find a new film made by project officer Barbara Brown on the life of salmon on the Marteg.

Exploring Gilfach - the project

The project began in September 2016 and will continue until March 2019 with  the paperwork being wrapped up in this time. Existing staff member Darylle Hardy is the project manager and has been overseeing the capital work and paperwork. Project officer Barbara Brown was employed until October 2018 to run activities, training and events as well as supporting volunteering at Gilfach.

The assistant project officer during 2018 has been Silvia Cojocaru who has been helping to run activities, doing some moth, bird and mammal surveying as well as working with other staff and volunteers. Her post has finished now.


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 on the touch screen or view it on your phone in the Caban from the vis-box! Plenty of other information on the vis-box too.

Events in 2018.

Programmed events have finished for 2018 but if you want to come to Gilfach with a group in 2019, please ring the office to discuss opportunities.

On Saturday 22nd September we celebrated all the achievements of the Exploring Gilfach project as well as RWT purchasing Gilfach 30 years ago. People enjoyed a fungi walk with Ray Woods and Emma Williams, followed by singing by Radnor Wild Choir, the unveiling of a textile wall hanging made by visitors and volunteers and cups of tea and cake.


There are still opportunities for volunteering for RWT at Gilfach. The Gilfach Rangers group has been meeting fortnightly on Fridays at Gilfach, doing a variety of activities. This group will begin meeting again in March 2019. If you would like to join, please contact Darylle darylle@rwtwales.org for more information.

Volunteers have been helping with maintenance, 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. 

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 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
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
Burial mound area lichen trail by Barbara Brown, Project Officer476.99 KB