18th November 2023

The Spinnies (+ Llanfairfechan & Conway RSPB)

The Spinnies, also known as Aberogwen, is a North Wales Wildlife Trust reserve near Bangor.

This lovely, compact reserve is next to the estuary of the River Ogwen and the tidal mudflats known as Traeth Lafan, and the constant ebb and flow of the tides attract lot of species.  As well as the estuary, there is a series of lagoons plus surrounding farmland and woodland habitat providing shelter and food for wildfowl, waders and smaller birds.  For much of the year, the brightly coloured kingfisher is a familiar and well-loved sight as it perches around the reserve and dives into the water in search of prey.  Never guaranteed though!  2 bird hides and feeders provide fantastic opportunities to enjoy the wildlife close at hand.

Meet for 10am start at the reserve’s beach car park. LL57 3YH


From Queensferry, take A55 towards N. Wales, Bangor, Holyhead etc.

Keep on A55 through Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Penmaenmawr, Llanfairfechan.

Continue on the A55 at the Llanfairfechan roundabout.

After approximately 4.6 miles from the roundabout (ignoring the Abergwyngregyn turn-off), take the exit left towards Tal-y-bont.

In c.150 yards, turn right at the T-junction; then right again in c.300 yards at the next T-junction.

Pass over the A55 to another T-junction and turn right again.  Follow the road in the direction of Bangor, then after 0.6 mile turn right onto a minor road. (There is a small, brown sign on the left to the nature reserve on the right, but it’s not obvious!).

Follow narrow road for 0.8 mile to the car park at the end by the beach.  CARE – farm vehicles use this road.

All paths are well surfaced and level.

There are no toilets here, but we can move on after lunch to either Llanfairfechan or RSPB Conwy, where there are facilities.  Bring your RSPB Membership card.

This should be a full and productive day in North Wales.

Please text Hugh on 07527 828 571 if you intend to come along so he can alert you in the event of any changes to the plans.