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  The Straining Tower, Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire

The obvious tower is the Straining Tower. Standing only 98 ft from the shore, its purpose is to filter or strain out material in the water with a fine metal mesh before the water flows along the aqueduct to Liverpool. Its architecture represents Gothic revival and was built at the same time as the dam. The tower as a whole is 154 feet tall, 104 feet of which is above top water level.

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  View of the Lake Vyrnwy Dam, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire.

A distant view of the dam from the western shore. There is a Nature Reserve surrounding the lake which is jointly managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Severn Trent Water and is a popular destination for ornithologists, cyclists and walkers. The reserve is designated as a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, and a Special Area of Conservation. Quite a special place.

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  View of Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire.

Lake Vyrnwy has its moods and here it has some low lying mist at the far end but we have seen the whole lake covered by a layer of thick mist.

Around 90 species of bird have been recorded as breeding on the reserve surrounding the lake together with six species of bat, including the pipistrelle and brown long-eared bat.

 

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  View of Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire.

This morning the surface of the lake is like a mirror and that lake is fed from 311 brooks, waterfalls and rivers.

Deciduous trees are slowly replacing coniferous trees although the area was once home to the tallest tree in the UK, a Douglas Fir 209 feet high. This was damaged in stormy weather and had to be felled but a nearby Douglas Fir is now, at 199 feet, the tallest tree in Wales.

 

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