Northern Welsh Moors
Northern Welsh Moors
The Northern Welsh Moors is a unique landscape shaped by traditional farming and the local communities surrounding it.
Covering 2,000 square kilometres, the area epitomises the incredible diversity of the Welsh landscape. The uplands are a spectacular mosaic of farmed land, upland heath, ffridd, western Atlantic oak and birch woods, rivers, lakes, grasslands and blanket bog.
They support a fantastic wealth of species, as well as underpinning the local economy.
Our aim is to secure the future of the Northern Welsh Moors’ precious wildlife, diverse habitats and scenic beauty by working in partnerships with local people and conservation organisations.
Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserves within this Futurescape are:
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Northern Welsh Moors. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
- British Association for Shooting and Conservation
- British Trust for Ornithology
- Butterfly Conservation
- Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB
- Conwy County Borough Council
- Denbighshire County Council
- Flintshire County Council
- Gwynedd County Council
- National Trust
- Natural Resources Wales
- North Wales Wildlife Trust
- Severn Rivers Trust
- Snowdonia National Park Authority
- UPM Tilhill
- Welsh Water
- Woodland Trust
- Wrexham County Borough Council
Saving special places
What will the new NPPF mean for places, people and nature?
On Tuesday the Government published a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on the draft version here , here and here . The NPPF sets out the Government’s planning policies for England...(read ...Posted 27/07/2018 by Steph
Save Lodge Hill: Thank you for your help, and next steps
Medway Council's latest consultation into their draft Local Plan, and in particular their plans to allocate large areas of land within and right next to Britain's best site for nightingales at Lodge Hill, is now closed (25 June 2018). Over...(read mo...Posted 26/06/2018 by Sara H
Fate of Coul Links now in the hands of Scottish Government URGENT call to action
Those of you following the campaign to Save Coul Links will know that we’re part of a group of conservation organisations fighting to stop proposals for a golf course on this triple protected wildlife site. Coul Links is one of the Scotland’s...(read...Posted 22/06/2018 by Andre Farrar
Updated - BTO confirm that Lodge Hill is the UK’s best site for breeding nightingales
Update: Posted 11.25am Monday 25 th June: We’ve updated our blog below to reflect our further analysis of BTO’s independent report since its release on Friday. It is useful to understand that where the BTO 's report refers to ‘Lodge...(read more)Posted 21/06/2018 by Sara H