The natural wealth of Wales can now be viewed with a click of a mouse, thanks to a series of films produced for a major European-funded project.
There are 11 films in the series produced by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) each one concentrating on a different protected habitat or species. They focus on the importance of the protected sites of Wales – the Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas collectively called Natura 2000.
Subjects include dynamic dunes, fascinating wetlands and spectacular uplands as well as the marsh fritillary butterfly, bats and great crested newts.
Each film also highlights some of the other benefits that our special wildlife sites provide such as recreation opportunities, income from the tourism industry, flood defences and pollution control.
The films, which can be found at http://naturalresources.wales/about-us/our-projects/life-n2k-wales/life-n2k-films/?lang=en, were produced as part of the LIFE Natura 2000 Programme, which is financially supported by the EU LIFE+ fund.
There are 112 Natura 2000 sites in Wales covering nearly 7% of the land area of Wales and nearly 36% of Welsh seas. This network represents the very best of Wales’ wildlife and natural heritage.
Kathryn Hewitt, NRW’s Programme Manager for LIFE Natura 2000 said:
“These internationally important protected sites need to be managed carefully and restored if they are to continue to support biodiversity. As a network, these sites have a critical role in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits.
“We’ve worked with partners to better understand the challenges that these sites face and produce action plans for the 112 sites to help improve the condition of the designated habitats and species.”
This work is the culmination of a 3 year project. In addition to the videos and action plans, reports and guidance were produced. A report that looks back at the work of the project over the past three years is on NRW’s website: http://naturalresources.wales/about-us/our-projects/life-n2k-wales/?lang=en