Caring for our Celtic Rainforest
By Anita Daimond, LIFE Celtic Rainforests Engagement Officer
Get involved in learning about and conserving our Celtic Rainforest
The Snowdonia Society, in conjunction with the Celtic Rainforest project partners will be holding events this summer to help you find out more about the special features of our Welsh ancient native woodlands. Events will include a dawn chorus walk led by John Harold and a lichen course led by Tracey Lovering. There will also be some practical conservation days when you can get involved in protecting our woodlands and other vulnerable habitats from invasive species.
With the aim to conserve areas of native ancient woodland in Wales The Celtic Rainforest project is funded through the LIFE European Commission Nature and Biodiversity programme and Welsh Government. These Celtic Rainforests are often also referred to as Atlantic woodlands or temperate rainforest. Within the Snowdonia National Park, the focus of activity is on sites within the Eryri and Meirionnydd Oakwoods Special Areas of Conservation (SAC).
The main project focus is on the following types of conservation work:
- Removing the invasive non-native Rhododendron Ponticum; the biggest threat to our native woodlands
- Introducing grazing and undertaking thinning on sites where the density of the understory is threatening key species such as rare lichens
- Removing non-native tree species such as conifers that have been Planted on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS)
This is complemented by a programme of engagement which includes:
- activities to raise public awareness of the Celtic Rainforest habitat
- a suite of education resources
- a package of training events accompanied by downloadable toolkits and case studies specifically aimed at land managers
For more information about the project visit www.celticrainforest.wales and look out for more details regarding events from the Snowdonia Society.