Restoring moorland in the Berwyn Mountain range

Cefn Llwyd Conifer Clearance- before and after pictures

Our work with landowners to restore traditional management practices.

The Berwyn Mountain range, a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), boasts vast areas of moorland stretching over 24,000ha of northeast Wales and plays an important role as a carbon store in the uplands of Wales.

But a decline in traditional upland management practices, such as burning and grazing, has led to the area becoming invaded by young sitka spruce, a self-seeding conifer.

Areas of heath and blanket bog were drying out and were at risk of losing key species such as Sphagnum mosses. These mosses provide a protective layer for the bogs and keeps the carbon dioxide stored away, a vital role of Wales’ uplands in the fight against climate change.

In order to tackle this issue, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has signed management agreements with land owners since 2013 and cleared 750ha of moorland of conifers.

Natural is continuing to work with the landowners to ensure that these areas are now appropriately grazed and to ensure other traditional management practices are restored.

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