Restoring habitats and species, connecting people with wildlife and wild places
Coetir Anian is the charity running the Cambrian Wildwood project, supported by project partner and freehold owner of Bwlch Corog, Woodland Trust. Coetir Anian was founded in 2007.
The official objectives of the charity as defined in the constitution and registered with the Charity Commission:
To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting biological diversity, for the benefit of the public.
To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, and deepen their connection and appreciation of it.
The original aims which inspired the founding of the charity:
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 with thriving natural habitats and abundant wildlife – by carrying out habitat restoration and introducing native species that are locally absent, within existing constraints, whether environmental, economic or social.
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 host a range of organised activities on our sites, including research and monitoring, conservation work, nature experience, cultural and educational activities; to hold programmes for school children, youths and adults from specific groups, including those who do not normally connect with nature.
Our Priorities for 2021 – 2030
- Continue the Primary Schools programme and the Youth Camps at Cambrian Wildwood
- Start programmes for adults at Cambrian Wildwood, including Wild Living camps and programmes for special groups, for example people in addiction recovery, asylum seekers and young carers
- Continue activities to restore natural habitats at Cambrian Wildwood
- Increase wildlife at Cambrian Wildwood by improving habitats for existing wildlife in the area and by investigating the feasibility of reintroduction projects for species such as water vole, red squirrel, and black grouse
- Engage with neighbouring landowners, including Natural Resources Wales, to support habitat, species and access improvements