Hundreds of acres of hillside in the slate landscape of Snowdonia have been brought into our care to bolster wildlife populations, tackle climate change and increase interest in the area’s mining history. Located at the head of the Conwy Catchment where we’ve been working with Natural Resources Wales for over a decade to slow the flow of water to reduce risk of flooding and create rich habitats to tackle climate change. This remote 1,600-acre site plays a significant role in continuing this work on a landscape scale for the benefit of people and nature. Find out more
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.
24 Jan 22
Foel to benefit nature, climate and communities
30 Nov 20
Our latest newsletter
It's been a challenging year, but despite this we've still managed to achieve so much. Find out what our team have been up to and all latest from the project by reading our newsletter
06 Sep 20
Restoring a river in the shadow of Snowdon
We’re now applying techniques we trialled at Carrog to other sites within the catchment including Nant y Gwryd, a river flanked by Wales’ highest peak, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). In September, together with our partners Natural Resource Wales (NRW), we began re-profiling the steep banks and re-positioning some large boulders in a previously modified section of the river. We are already starting to see some changes, with the river shifting from a straight glide (like a canal) to developing sections of pools (deep water) and riffles (fast flowing areas), with gravel shoals forming around the boulders. This creates a greater variety of features within the river and improves the habitat for spawning fish, such as brown trout and birds such as kingfisher, common sandpiper and dipper.