RS Thomas poetry celebrated in new hide at RSPB at Ynys-hir
Thus week saw the official opening of a new hide at the RSPB Ynys-hir nature reserve to celebrate the historic connection between the reserve and Welsh poet R S Thomas.
Thomas was vicar at St Michael’s church in Eglwysfach between 1954 and 1967. A keen birdwatcher, Thomas regularly sought inspiration for his poems by wandering on the privately owned Ynys Hir estate before the land was bought by the RSPB in 1969.
The Ynys Feurig hide was built this year thanks to funding and help from Ceredigion County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will allow visitors to see never before seen views of the reserve, over pools and lowland grassland that attract numerous waders, ducks and geese in the winter time.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the new and beautiful interpretation panels on the inside of the hide, which feature lino print artwork created by pupils from Ysgol Bro Ddyfi, Machynlleth.
RSPB Ynys-hir is open throughout the autumn and winter months.