RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Llanwddyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, Wales. Views of the lake early morning from Eunant viewpoint.

Water and wetlands in Wales

There have been catastrophic declines in wetland birds in Wales. We're working with partners to reverse the loss of wetland habitats and species.

Water and wetlands in Wales

The valleys and coastal plains of Wales are naturally rich in wetland wildlife, with wonderful peat bogs including Cors Fochno and Cors Caron and the fens and lakes of Anglesey.

But there have been catastrophic declines in wetland birds, with redshanks, lapwings and snipe now largely confined to specially managed nature reserves.

Wetlands for Wales

Since 2000, the pioneering Wetlands for Wales project has been working to reverse the loss of wetland habitats and species. This partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Welsh government agencies and the RSPB has been successful in restoring and creating wetlands across Wales. These include two and a half square kilometres along the Dyfi estuary in Ceredigion, where wading birds have substantially increased their numbers in just the last five years.

Influencing policy

Much of our advocacy effort in Wales focuses on making the Welsh Assembly Government, Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency Wales deliver on legal obligations for water and wetland conservation.

In doing so, we are making sure that European legislation such as the Water Framework Directive is implemented to achieve maximum benefits for people and wildlife, especially in important areas such as the Gwent Levels.

The Welsh Assembly Government is now developing its sustainable flood risk management policy along similar lines to that in England under Defra, and we will be working to ensure this policy means action on the ground.