October 16th, 2018
Snowdonia and North Wales is teeming with wildlife, birds and a huge variety of different plant species; join us as we discover some of the region’s finest Nature Reserves.
The stunning landscape of our beautiful region is packed with a huge variety of wildlife, plants and birds, all making their homes in wild spaces, woodlands, meadows, marshes and dunes. In a modern world of development and industry it’s essential that these wild spaces are protected and preserved so that the rural and natural environment of our region isn’t forever lost.
It would be easy to take for granted this rugged beauty and the plethora of wildlife, but many of the region’s nature reserves and wild spaces are managed by the Wildlife Trusts. The Wildlife Trusts are one of the country’s largest nature and wildlife organisations, and are made up of several different regional Trusts. Each Trust varies in their size, history and activities, but all have the common objective of caring for and promoting the region’s nature reserves.
The history of the Wildlife Trusts spans over 100 years when entomologist and businessman Charles Rothschild formed the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (SPNR) in 1912. Rothschild was deeply concerned about the rapid loss of wild habitats, and is now thought of as a pioneer of nature conservation. The first Wildlife Trust was formed in Norfolk and slowly the movement spread, so that by the 1950s and 60s, regional Wildlife Trusts had been established across the country.
Today, the Wildlife Trusts number 47, with six in Wales and 36 in England along with separate Wildlife Trusts for Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Between them, they look after 2,300 nature reserves across 90,000 hectares of land. The Wildlife Trusts also have an active membership, with a total of over 800,000 members.
In our region, the North Wales Wildlife Trust is responsible for the management and care of the wonderful nature reserves that are dotted across the region. The work of each Trust varies according to location and the reserves that it looks after. However, all Trusts share goals that expand much further than simply caring and managing their own nature reserves.
Adrian Jones is a Conservation Officer for the North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT) based in Mold and he tells us about some of the varying roles that the NWWT is responsible for.
“As well as managing nature reserves across North Wales we undertake projects and activities to benefit our native wildlife in the wider countryside as well as in urban areas,” says Adrian. “We campaign locally and nationally for the protection of wildlife, and invest in the future by helping people of all ages to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of nature.”
Adrian believes that the area is incredibly special when it comes to nature and wildlife. “North Wales is an especially diverse landscape, from sandy beaches to rocky high mountains with almost all other British habitats in between, such as woodlands, meadows, wetlands and heathlands” he says. And it is this varied landscape that supports a vast array of wildlife.
“The countryside of North Wales is great for a huge range of wildlife but some notable wildlife highlights include the uplands of Snowdonia which support alpine plants such as the Snowdon Lily; shingle banks that support important Tern colonies; dune systems, some of which support natterjacks toads and sand lizards and broadleaved and coniferous forests that support a huge range of wildlife including red squirrels on Anglesey” Adrian explains.
If you like the countryside and wildlife there’s always something to see at whatever time of year at one of our Nature Reserves. They are free to visit but we always welcome membership and support”.
For more information on how to become a member, how to donate or how to get involved visit the North Wales Wildlife Trust websites below.