Exploring South Snowdonia
The landscapes of South Snowdonia provide a range of habitats for wildlife and variety of interest to explore. The area includes one of the first parcels of land to ever have been gifted to the National Trust. Find out what makes this area so unique.
The Dolmelynllyn woodland is predominantly sessile oak trees, with most of Britain’s native deciduous trees growing here. Although the plantation is around 200 years old, it grows on an ancient woodland site. The existence of small-leaved lime trees is a clue to older beginnings.
An exceptional variety of lichen and Bryophyte species live and grow on this estate, which are extremely rare elsewhere in Britain. The estate and woodlands are both designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation.
The Cregennan estate includes two sheep and cattle farms spread across heath and woodlands. The landscape is dotted with small drystone enclosures where livestock once sheltered.
Pared y Cefn Hir
Cregennan and Pared y Cefn Hir are nationally important geological sites and also designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). You'll also find plenty plant life variety including species of mossy saxifrage, marsh St John’s wort and fen bedstraw.
Early volcanic activity
The area is also an important location for the study of early Ordovician volcanic activity in South Snowdonia. The area has a wide range of rock types including fossil-bearing marine sedimentary rocks, intrusive and extrusive volcanic rocks.
Dinas Oleu is the first donation of land given to the National Trust. It is a gorse-covered hillside with small areas of sycamore and oak trees. Warm breezes provide ideal habitats for plants such as sea stork’s-sill and knotted clover. Some rare liverworts and mosses have been recorded here.
A scarce habitat at Cae Fadog
Cae Fadog, adjoining Dinas Oleu, is dominated by heath. It's a scarce habitat which gives the area special importance. Plants found here include birdsfoot trefoil and wild thyme.