At the west end of the Mawddach Valley, on the edge of
the wide sandy estuary and close to the village of Fairbourne is the
village of Arthog and the Arthog Bog. Not a very inspiring name but what
a beautiful place to visit!
The Arthog Bog is classed as a
Site of Special Scientific Interest and is an RSPB reserve. There are
information boards, toilets and picnic tables 200m east of Morfa
Mawddach railway station. Parking is available but why not leave the car
in the town and make the trip on foot or bicycle using the Mawddach
Trail. The trail with the adjacent reed beds and wetlands offer many
opportunities to bird watchers as well as safe cycling for children and
The small wetland mire with willow and alder scrub
and flower-rich grassland is a wonderful place to see flowers,
butterflies, and birds. Look for special wetland plants - greater
spearwort, bog bean, ragged robin, and yellow flag.
and summer, marsh marigold, and flag iris, line the streams, where
dragonflies hunt. Sedge warbler, garden warbler, willow warbler,
blackcap, whitethroat and chiffchaff, may be heard in the scrub. You may
be lucky to catch sight of a heron, shellduck, or sparrow hawk, or
common blue and small copper, speckled wood butterflies. In the autumn
flocks of redpoll and siskin can be seen foraging in the trees, and you
may catch a glimpse of the elusive water rail or lesser-spotted
woodpecker. In the woods in winter look out for redwings and fieldfares
feeding on holly, ivy and rowanberries, the mainstay of their winter
diet. In the autumn flocks of linnet and goldfinch feed on fields of
thistles. A short walk onto the morfa and you might be fortunate to see
little egret, oystercatchers, herring gull, and cormorant.
it’s a wonderful day out at the Arthog Bog, and should you be holidaying
in Barmouth, bikes are available for hire from the Birmingham Garage
close to the Mawddach Railway Bridge.
Review Arthog Bog Nature Reserve.