Beavers and boars, eagles and ospreys, water voles and wild horses. Lots of amazing creatures have become very rare in the British landscape, or are missing altogether. Many animals could reasonably be brought back to our wild spaces, and we will be investigating the feasibility for reintroducing some species to our land if they are unlikely to recolonise naturally.
Here are descriptions of many of the animals native to Britain, along with their cultural significance in Wales. Reintroduction of any of the large carnivores – bear, wolf and lynx – is well beyond the scope of Cambrian Wildwood, and we consider that the Cambrian Mountains, with a predominance of livestock, is unsuited to such a programme. All the other species are potential candidates for introduction to our land, and over the long term we will carry out detailed studies into the potential, considering each species individually on its own merits.
TREES AND PLANTS
Huge wildwoods grew in Britain after the end of the last ice age. These vast, rustling, unknowable woods were home to creatures that seem exotic to us now—brown bears, wolves and elk. Whilst the vast swathes of wildwood are long gone and our woods continue to be threatened, we still have many beautiful woodlands that provide more homes for wildlife than any other habitat.
Many people still dream of walking in these green and wild places, and Cambrian Wildwood is creating a wild haven and planting native trees in a rugged corner of west Wales so that this dream can begin to manifest. There are many weird and wonderful tree species in the wildwood, start exploring them below.