Wales Wild Land Foundation is the charity running Cambrian Wildwood, which is its major project. It does not have its own website, instead having this page on the Cambrian Wildwood website. Wales Wild Land Foundation was founded in 2007 by Peter Taylor, Simon Ayres and Mick Green, an ecologist who has worked extensively across Wales including the Cambrian Mountains
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To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting biological diversity, for the benefit of the public.
Rewilding in action – restoring habitats and species, connecting people with wildlife and wild places
Di-ddofi ar waith – adfer cynefinoedd a rhywogaethau, cysylltu pobl gyda natur a mannau gwyllt
1 To own and manage areas of land in Wales, including at least one large area.
1.1 Cambrian Wildwood, or Coetir Anian, is focused on an area in the north of the Cambrian Mountains, to the south and east of the Dyfi estuary. Our aim here is to hold around 1,200 hectares of land, and work in partnership with neighbouring landowners such as Welsh Government towards a long-term goal of creating 3,000 hectares of wildland.
1.2 Other potential areas for local projects are:
Rhinogydd in Snowdonia National Park;
South Brecon Beacons/Heads of Valleys;
or anywhere in Wales where opportunities arise.
1.3 Small areas of wild or potentially wild land near to urban centres are also potential sites for projects, working closely with local communities.
2 To preserve wild land or restore land to a wilder state, to create a functioning ecosystem where natural processes dominate, by carrying out habitat restoration and introducing missing native species where feasible. The aims are to contribute to the recovery of wildlife and provide other ecosystem services. On our own land, or working in partnership with other landowners.
2.1 In the Cambrian Wildwood area, land will be restored from ecologically degraded pasture and spruce plantation to native woodland, heather moorland, blanket bog and other habitats as appropriate. Other sites will be preserved or restored as appropriate.
2.2 Ecosystem services such as improving water quality in rivers, reducing flood risk and carbon storage will be by-products of our land management.
2.3 Landscape considerations are paramount to providing a feeling of wildness: artefacts such as fencing will be removed where feasible.
2.4 Wild herbivores, or domestic breeds close to wild their wild ancestors, will graze the Cambrian Wildwood area. Horse, cattle, bison, roe deer, red deer, moose, mountain hare, beaver and water vole will be considered and introduced if feasible.
2.5 In the Cambrian Wildwood area, other mammals will be introduced when feasible, with initial focus on pine marten, in conjunction with a programme for reducing grey squirrel and restoring red squirrel. In the longer term, we will look at the feasibility of ild boar and wild cat. Large carnivore species are outside the remit of our activity.
2.6 Bird species are expected to recolonise naturally, and some species may be considered for reintroduction.
2.7 Activities on other sites will be considered according to the merits of each site.
3 To work with neighbouring landowners to facilitate integrated access, to establish continuity of habitats and to form partnerships for species reintroductions.
3.1 In the Cambrian Wildwood area, we will engage with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government to influence the species composition of the neighbouring public woodland, to form a partnership for species work, and to establish trails for walkers and riders.
3.2 We will explore opportunities to work in partnership with other landowners in the wider area.
4 To encourage people to access and enjoy our sites by providing low impact walking, cycling, wheelchair and horse-riding routes, facilitating responsible wild camping and enabling a broad cross-section of society to visit the wild land.
4.1 Access routes and wild camping sites will be established and maintained where appropriate.
5 To promote and host a broad range of organised activities on our sites, including adventure activities, wilderness experience, volunteering on conservation work, and cultural and educational activities.
5.1 Partnerships will be formed with activity providers.
5.2 We will look into developing our own capacity to be a provider.
6 Education and outreach to general public and to target groups, including those who do not normally engage with nature, with the aim of attracting people to our sites and increasing the understanding and appreciation of the natural world. We will develop specific programmes for school children and youths, working with partners.
6.1 Promotion of sites to local communities and visitors to the area.
6.2 Targeted outreach to schools in Wales. An educational programme for schools to be developed and delivered in partnership with schools. We will host school visits to sites.
6.3 Targeted outreach to youths in Wales and beyond, including urban areas. We will form partnerships with groups working with young people, and develop programmes for engaging them with wild nature.