LIFE Celtic Rainforests Project
Wales has its own rainforests which are rich in a diversity of wildlife and culture. These special areas are more commonly referred to as Celtic Rainforests.
Thanks to substantial funding from the EU’s LIFE programme and the Welsh Government, the Snowdonia National Park Authority is leading a £7million project aimed at securing the long-term future of these majestic oak forests for future generations to enjoy.
In partnership with RSPB Cymru and the Woodland Trust, the National Park Authority will help facilitate a host of conservation based interventions across five Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) located around Meirionnydd in Snowdonia, and Cwm Einion, the Elan Valley and Cwm Doethie in mid Wales.
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Working alongside skilled local contractors and landowners, interventions will include:
- management of invasive alien species which adversely impact on the natural ecology of these woodlands, namely the Rhododendron ponticum;
- management interventions to help the recovery of plantations on ancient woodlands sites;
- introduction of sustainable grazing to some of the woodlands.
Although the project comes to an end in 2025, it is hoped that it will raise awareness of these special habitats which will ensure a long-term legacy for the project for years to come.
For more information about the project visit its website https://celticrainforests.wales/ or contact Gethin Davies on 01766 770 274.