A short distance from the entrance, is a simple shelter with a map of the reserve and the first choice of the day. Downhill, at least to begin with, on the Woodpecker Walk, a lengthy circuit of three miles or so mostly close to the reserve boundary. Alternatively, stay on the high ground, at least to begin with on one of the shorter routes.
A simple log seat, a memorial to Margaret Patterson, a Pengelli stalwart in the early years, is close to a more open section of woodland and a chance to catch sight of a Buzzard, Red Kite or Raven overhead – or a Sparrowhawk hurtling across the glade.
Pengelli is renowned for its Dormice, and, although you will not see one, it is comforting to know they are close by; wintering Fieldfares and Redwings should provide a welcome alternative.
Hopefully, a Woodcock will be flushed from alongside one of the main rides so affording good if brief views before it disappears, a reminder of the vast numbers four centuries ago. Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker all occur – treasure the latter as its Green and Lesser Spotted cousins barely cling on now in Pembrokeshire.