Penmaenpool signal box to become nature observatory

The signal box at Penmaenpool Volunteers are needed for the signal box observatory

Related Stories

An old railway signal box in Gwynedd is being transformed into a nature observatory and information centre.

The Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA), which owns the box at Penmaenpool, hopes it will attract tourists and local people.

The railway line which once ran from Barmouth to Ruabon in Wrexham closed in 1965 but the signal box remains.

It sits in the Mawddach Valley, where many species of birds and wildlife can be seen.

The conservation area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), where otters, warblers, snipe, geese, curlew and water rail can be seen.

The SNPA hopes to recruit a team of volunteers for the signal box.

Rhys Gwynn, park warden, said: "There are great opportunities here for bird watching and wildlife and the observatory is ideal for appreciating the wealth of wildlife in the area.

"Over the next few weeks, my hope is to establish teams of two to volunteer their time here to provide opportunities and share information about the area with other people, whether local people or visitors."

The signal box, built at the end of the 19th Century, was sold to the park authority and has been empty for years.

The old railway line now forms part of the Mawddach Trail, a nine-mile (14km) path for pedestrians and cyclists between Barmouth and Dolgellau.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Wales stories


Features & Analysis

  • Stained glass of man with swordFrance 1 England 0

    The most important battle you have probably never heard of

  • Golden retriever10 things

    Dogs get jealous, and nine more nuggets from the week's news

  • Pro-Israel demonstrators shout slogans while protesting in Berlin - 25 July 2014Holocaust guilt

    Gaza conflict leaves Germans confused over who to support

  • The emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-SabahFreedoms fear

    Growing concern for rights as Kuwait revokes citizenships

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • CastleRoyal real estate

    No longer reserved for kings and queens, some find living in a castle simply divine


  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.