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

Contact us for further details of any of our projects.

Charitable Objects

To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting biological diversity, for the benefit of the public.

Mission Statement

Restoring habitats and species, connecting people with wildlife and wild places

 

Founding Principles

1. To own and manage areas of land in Wales, including at least one large area.

2. To preserve wild land or restore land to a wilder state to create functioning ecosystems 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.

3. To work with neighbouring landowners to facilitate integrated access, to establish continuity of habitats and to form partnerships for species reintroductions.

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.

5. To promote and host a range of organised activities on our sites, including ecological survey, conservation work, nature experience, cultural and educational activities; running education and nature experience programmes for school children, youths and other groups, including those who do not normally connect with nature.

 

Strategic Objectives

  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;

Pembrokeshire;

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.

  1. To preserve wild land or restore land to a wilder state to create functioning ecosystems 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 wild 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       Ecological restoration activities on other sites will be considered according to the merits of each site.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 pitches will be established and maintained where appropriate.

  1. To promote and host a range of organised activities on our sites, including ecological survey, conservation work, nature experience, cultural and educational activities; running education and nature experience programmes for school children, youths and other groups, including those who do not normally connect with nature.

5.1       Activities to be provided directly by the charity or partnerships formed with third party activity providers.

5.2       Sites promoted to local communities and visitors to the area.

5.3       Educational and nature experience programmes offered to Primary Schools in local area of sites: developed and delivered in partnership with schools. To include sessions in school and on site.

5.4       Nature experience programmes of several days offered to young people of secondary school age, comprising camping on site, bushcraft, nature observation and other activities. Delivered by charity in partnership with specialist activity providers. Connections made with Secondary Schools and other organisations working with youths.

 

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