We spotted an otter on our wildlife camera this autumn - a great sign that the restoration works has helped improve the habitat and food source for these shy creatures. Ysgol Penmachno will be monitoring the site - so fingers crossed for more wildlife sightings soon. Since the completion of the second phase of river restoration works at Carrog we've spotted kingfishers, dipper, brown trout and a cormorant on this section of the river.
Upper Conwy Catchment Project
The entire Conwy catchment covers over 574 km2 - an area the size of the Isle of Man. There are busy tourist towns including Conwy and Betws y Coed, rural villages such as Cwm Penmachno and remote hill farms such as those on the Ysbyty Ifan estate.
The habitats change across the landscape, from blanket bog and moorland in the higher reaches of the Migneint to ffridd and woodland as you wind down towards lush lowland farms, meadows and estuaries. Rivers travel the entire length of the landscape connecting habitats and homes with the source of water up on the Migneint to the sea at Conwy.
While our work is focussed in the Upper Conwy, we hope to have positive impacts downstream and across the entire Conwy Catchment, as demonstrated by the map and video below.
By involving local communities and working together we can achieve great things! We've organised drop in sessions and special events, as well as attending communtiy events and forging new links within the Conwy catchment.
15 Oct 19
Otter spotted at Carrog
09 Aug 19
Tir Afon project is celebrated at Eisteddfod
A new £1.2 million project was celebrated at the National Eisteddfod. Tir Afon will provide a boost for the well-being of nature and people along Conwy river.
14 Jul 19
Second phase of river restoration underway at Carrog
Work to restore part of the Afon Machno to a more natural state is progressing well. At Carrog in Cwm Penmachno, we’ve recently been working with Natural Resources Wales to lower another stretch of river bank, getting rid of an artificial embankment. This will help reconnect the river with its natural flood plain, making more space for water and helping alleviate flooding downstream. Boulders from the embankment have also been placed back in the river to improve spawning and resting areas for fish.