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
Victory for Harapan Rainforest
Beautiful Hutan Harapan forest is a precious remnant of the rainforest that once covered much of Sumatra (Photo: RSPB-images/Steve Roland) Hutan Harapan is one of the last remaining areas of dry lowland Sumatran forest and is among the most th...(r...Posted 12/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
Rila Mountains: The Final Piece in Bulgaria's Protected Area Network for Birds
Daniel Pullan, our International Casework Manager writes: I was thrilled last week when my Bulgarian colleague Irina Mateeva told me that the Bulgarian Government had designated the last part of the Rila Mountains as a Special Protection Area. This a...Posted 04/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
A net gain for nature
How can built development leave the natural environment in a better shape than it was before? This is the question at the heart of Defra’s recent consultation on ‘biodiversity net gain’. We know from the State of Nature 2016 report ...(read more)Posted 01/03/2019 by Simon Marsh
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