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Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve

Pensychnant works with many local naturalists and local and national wildlife and conservation organisations to foster the public’s appreciation and understanding of nature and to record and safeguard the wildlife and natural beauty of  North Wales.

Pensychnant is a special place. Here, a 150 acre Victorian Estate nestles within the outstanding natural beauty of the Sychnant Pass, with unhindered walks to the summits of the Carneddau mountains and views across the North Wales coast; Here, centuries of traditional farming have shaped the prehistoric landscape and made deep cultural roots; and herein abounds  diverse wildlife, both common and rare, in ancient and Victorian woodlands, heathland and ffridd. It is an eminently tranquil place, somehow set apart from this modern clamouring world, in which to enjoy and really appreciate nature, and Mankind’s place in nature. We hope that visitors will leave with a greater appreciation of our natural heritage and its importance to Mankind’s material and spiritual well-being.

But Pensychnant is also more than this. Pensychnant works with a community of naturalists and wildlife organisations which strive together to conserve the wildlife and natural beauty of North Wales. By fostering understanding and appreciation of nature, we hope to help conserve it, both in this special corner of Wales, and more widely. The Pensychnant Conservation Centre hosts displays, lectures and other events about wildlife, its threats and conservation, with a focus on old-fashioned natural history and wildlife recording. This knowledge is the foundation of all conservation efforts. We cannot conserve wildlife if we do not know and understand what is there to be conserved.

The Pensychnant Foundation is a Registered Charity: number 1019184

120 acre Nature Reserve

Nationally important heathland, where choughs and ravens cavort, cuckoos call and skylarks sing.

Ancient and Victorian woodlands; prime habitat for pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers, nuthatches, woodpeckers, ........

Wildlife Recording

Natural History skills for which Great Britain was once pre-eminent, are being lost. Pensychnant aims to be a hub of an active community of naturalists, recording our wildlife and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with others.


    .... Or just Quiet Enjoyment

Guided walks and wildlife lectures throughout the year

Wildlife Art Exhibitions

Featuring local and national artists including collections by Philip Snow and Betty Mills.

Bill Condry Blair's Shoulder-knot

Blair’s Shoulder-knot Moth: Spreading through Britain on Leylandii conifers

Guided walk by William Condry, one of  Wales’ greatest naturalists.


Cuckoo: 37% decline  in the last five years  (BTO statistics)

House & Exhibition Open: Wednesday - Sunday (& Bank Holidays), April - September, 11-5pm

Nature Reserve Open: Wednesday - Sunday (& Bank Holidays), All Year (except Christmas & New Year), 9 - 6pm (or dusk)

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