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Natur am Byth! is Wales’ flagship Green Recovery project to save vulnerable species from extinction.
Plantlife will work with nine conservation partners to deliver the project starting in summer 2023. Read the latest update here.
The Natur am Byth! partnership is Wales’ flagship Green Recovery project. It unites nine environmental charities with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to deliver the country’s largest natural heritage and outreach programme to save species from extinction and reconnect people to nature.
As part of our work on Natur am Byth! we are focusing on some of our rarest vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens across Wales. We are particularly concentrating on two project areas within the wider programme:
For the Tlysau Mynydd Eryri project we will be working in one of Britain’s richest mountain plant areas south of the Scottish Highlands.
Our rare plants here are threatened by:
Through the project we will work with volunteers, mountain guides, local plant nurseries, botanic gardens, land managers and experts. Together we will revive populations of rare montane plants and invertebrates. We will celebrate the species and the landscapes within which they are found, mapping a vision for their future.
Through the Welsh Marches project we will be working in the rural county of Powys. Here we will be focussing on rare lichens and bryophytes of veteran trees, and dry rocky outcrops and hilltops.
Some of these species are actually adapted to the climate of the Mediterranean, and are near the northern limit of their global range in Wales. However, we know these communities are at risk from changes to their wider environment, to their local habitats, and from our land management systems.
We’ll be working with farmers and the local community, by raising awareness of these scarce species, and using practical conservation techniques. We will clear scrub, and plant ‘future veteran’ trees which may provide habitat in years to come. We will also be exploring systemic threats some of the species could face such as nitrogen pollution.
Survey work in Eryri © Lizzie Wilberforce – Plantlife
We welcome hearing from anyone who would like to speak to us about the programme or help us to shape it. You can email the Plantlife Cymru team about the project on email@example.com
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