Cambrian Wildwood

by Wales Wild Land Foundation CIO
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Cambrian Wildwood


Habitat and species restoration in the Cambrian Mountains of Wales. We are restoring native forest, heathland and blanket bog on 350 acres. The aim is to increase to 7,000 acres, reserving a significant area for wildlife and for recreation. Education and wellbeing programmes form a major part of the project. Local schools come for days out on site, learning about wildlife. We host youth camps where teenagers spend a week camping on the land and learn practical and life skills.

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We are all aware of the crisis of biodiversity loss around the world. The UK is one of the worst countries in the world for how much native wildlife remains. Protecting individual species in small nature reserves is not enough to stop the declines in this already impoverished landscape. The Cambrian Mountains has spectacular landscapes and ancient cultural traditions and stories relating to the land. Missing are the ancient wildwood and many of the animals that used to inhabit this place.


The project is restoring a substantial area of native forest and other habitats. Already the work of the project has increased bird species at Cambrian Wildwood. By increasing the area of the wildwood, other nature areas will be connected, reversing habitat fragmentation and benefiting more species from the increased scale. A bigger area will enable the project to increase the provision of educational activities and give more youngsters the profound experience of spending time in wild nature.

Long-Term Impact

An area of around 7,000 acres for Cambrian Wildwood will represent a significant part of the local landscape. It will enable the project to demonstrate the benefts for wildlife and people, and encourage other landowners, including public bodies, to adopt similar land practices, and therefore significantly scale up the benefits. Potentially this could derive a wildlife area of 100 square miles ranging in altitude from sea level to 2,500 feet, comprising a diversity of habitats.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

Wales Wild Land Foundation CIO

Location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @coetiranian
Project Leader:
Simon Ayres
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion United Kingdom
$296 raised of $100,000 goal
11 donations
$99,704 to go
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