Tag Archives: Snowdonia National Park

Hills and habitats

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Thoughts, deeds, music

Up here, on the roof of Snowdonia, we have restored the blanket bog and protected the largest and deepest area of peat in Wales. Not only is this good for increasingly rare birds such as curlew and hen harrier, but it locks up more carbon than all of the woodlands in Wales combined, and stops it from being released into the atmosphere.

This is also the place where I first thought of this tune, which bizzarely went on to be nominated at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, two very different worlds. But that’s the power of music I guess……

Remember

This Walk Should Work Off the Xmas Excess

Gwern Gof Uchaf view test

Snowdon Horseshoe from the Mymbyr Lakes

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Up In The Clouds

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Welsh Mountain Farm on a Glorious Winters Day

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

Llyndy Isaf Farm, near Beddgelert, North Wales

Beautiful autumn day in Snowdonia

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

Dune

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

Welsh Mountain Lake

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

Back In The Magic Woods

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Or at least that is how this particular woodland feels.  Nestled on the crags and ledges of a remote North Wales valley but quite close to the sea, a walk, or scramble, through this wood takes you into a different world that works on a different timescale to the rest of us.

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Centuries of timber harvesting, grazing by upland sheep and feral goats, and mining for manganese have shaped this wood.  Boulders are covered in carpets of mosses, liverworts, lichens and ferns because this is essentially the temperate rainforest, with high humidity and (relative) warmth and grazing by the wild goats has kept the under-story open, which the lichens and mosses love.

The diminutive filmy ferns
The diminutive filmy ferns growing on rock faces

This is how we’re trying to keep the wild goats out.  If we don’t they’ll eat and strip all of the saplings and young trees, and the woodland will never regenerate.  But they still manage to get in…

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And the remains of past lives can be seen in the wood.  Sheep pens, boundary walls and mine entrances…

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Old mine entrance

Coed Crafnant archaeology