Wales Wild Land Foundation is the charity running the Cambrian Wildwood initiative, which is it’s major project. It does not have it’s 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.
Other projects are:
To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting biological diversity, for the benefit of the public.
- To own one or more large areas of land in Wales.
- Cambrian Wildwood is focussed 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 3,000 acres (1,200 hectares) of land, and work with partner landowners such as Welsh Government towards a long-term goal of creating 100 square miles or 30,000 hectares of wildland.
- In future, an area of Snowdonia National Park, probably in the Rhinogydd, will be a potential focus of our work, and we have been contacted by groups in Pembrokeshire and South Brecon Beacons/Heads of Valleys with a view to establishing projects in these areas.
- To rewild or restore land to a wilder state to create a functioning ecosystem where natural processes dominate by carrying out habitat restoration, removing domestic livestock, and introducing missing native species as far as feasible.
- In the Cambrian Wildwood area, land will be restored from sheep pasture and sitka spruce plantation to native woodland, heather moorland and other habitats as appropriate.
- Landscape considerations are paramount to providing a feeling of wildness: intrusive artefacts such as fencing will be removed.
- Following establishment of new areas of native woodland, grazing will be resumed using wild herbivores in place of domestic livestock. Wild horse, wild cattle, bison, roe deer, red deer, wild boar and beaver will be introduced when feasible.
- Carnivore species 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 cat and lynx.
- To work with neighbouring landowners to facilitate integrated access, to establish continuity of habitats and to form partnerships for species reintroductions.
- In the Cambrian Wildwood area, we will engage with Natural Resources Wales staff responsible for managing the Welsh Government forestry plantations, to influence the species composition of their woodlands and form a partnership on species for example pine marten and red squirrel.
- We will explore opportunities to work in partnership with other landowners in the wider long-term project area.
- To enable people to access the wild land, by providing low impact walking, cycling and horse-riding routes and facilitating responsible wild camping, and by encouraging a broad cross-section of society to visit the wild land.
- Establishment and maintenance of access routes and wild camping sites will depend on external funding and income sources.
- Partnerships will be formed with local authorities, including urban authorities, to encourage youth access to wildland.
- To promote and host a broad range of organised activites on our wild land, including adventure, wilderness experience, volunteering on conservation work and educational activities.
- Partnerships will be formed with activity providers.
- We will explore the developing our own capacity to be a provider.