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. 



A spotlight on Carrog farm
Carrog farmhouse next to Cwm Penmachno sign in Snowdonia

Carrog, a flagship farm 

A small holding in Cwm Penmachno has been on an incredible journey as one of the Upper Conwy Catchment's flagship sites.

Working with communities

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. 

Pupils art work of mythical Afanc

Using the Mabinogion to explore flooding reality  

Are you familiar with the tale of Yr Afanc? According to legend, Yr Afanc was a mythical creature living in the Conwy Valley.

What's next?
Boardwalk running through woodland alongside Afon Llugwy, Conwy

A boost for well-being of nature and people along Afon Conwy 

Learn about how a new project will benefit nature and people living along the Afon Conwy.

Latest updates

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

Front page of the newsletter, which includes a blue header with Upper Conwy title and image of someone riding a bike and some text beneath

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.

01 May 20

Cycling through uncertainty

As we entered lockdown, our partners at Conwy County Borough Council reacted quickly to an unprecedented situation, adapting to support children of key workers as well as vulnerable adults and children get active in nature by trying out e-bikes. The first phase of the Tir Afon project supported 120 vulnerable adults access cycling and through 35 classes, taught 20 children how to ride a bike during lockdown. Bill, a visually impaired 82-year-old shares his experience: “I rode 18 miles and at the end of it felt nothing but joy! I would recommend e-bikes to anyone, the benefit of being outside and active is huge, this modern-day technology really helps you get out and enjoy life as if you were years younger!”

A person in dark clothing is cycling along a track toward some hills in the distance with a flower rich road side verge, hedgerows and fields on the left and grey clouds above