CCW’s North Region covers the counties of
Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham and
includes Snowdonia National Park and the Berwyn SSSI.
CCW’s North Region
The Regional Directors are Dr Maggie Hill and Dr David
Warrall and there are Regional Offices in Bangor, Mold and
Protecting a diverse Landscapes
This is an area of huge contrasts and outstanding landscapes –
extending from the remote tip of the Llyn peninsula to the busy
urban areas of Deeside and Wrexham.
North Wales is well-known for its upland areas: Snowdonia is
world famous, and attracts an increasing number of visitors every
year, the rolling moorlands of Berwyn and Hiraethog are renowned
for their wildlife while the gentle hills of the Clwydian range
form a distinct divide between the rural and urban parts of North
The upland oak woodlands that cover the slopes of the mountains
and fills some of our deepest gorges is characteristic and has been
named as the “rainforests of Wales”. Here the mosses, ferns and
lichens that cover the ground, boulders and the trees thrive in the
wet conditions. Some of the mosses and plants have survived here
since the last ice age, and this is the only place in the world
where they can be found.
By contrast, Anglesey and Wrexham are relatively flat and both
counties are famed for their wetland habitats. One of the most
important wetland sites if Fenns, Wixhall and Bettisfield Mosses,
created as a result of the last ice age, that straddles the
boundary between Wales and England near Wrexham. CCW is currently
the lead partner in an initiative funded under the EU Life+ fund to
restore and enhance the important wetlands of Anglesey and
Around the coast
Large areas of the coast and the seas are recognised as being
internationally important for their wildlife – including the Dee
estuary and Liverpool Bay the unique environment of the Menai
Strait between Anglesey and Gwynedd and the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau
area around the Llyn Peninsula and Northern Cardigan Bay. The
islands around the coast add to the variety of habitats. Bardsey is
perhaps the most famous – a place of pilgrimage and a home to
thousands of Manx shearwaters and several pairs of chough.
The charismatic black grouse has a stronghold in the heather
moorlands of the Berwyn, Hiraethog, Ruabon and Llantysylio, while
the intricate network of ponds in the north east support
internationally important populations of great crested newt.
Amongst the other important species of the Region are the
gwyniad a fish that is only found in Bala Lake as well as the
lesser horseshoe bat and hen harrier.
The high quality of the north Wales rivers make them ideal
conditions for species such as the otter, water vole and
Enjoying the Region
There are ample opportunities to go out and enjoy the variety
that North Wales has to offer. Parks, greenspaces, woods and local
paths are never far away, whether you live in a city centre or a
rural village. As well as the popular attractions of Snowdonia or
Newborough Warren, North Wales still has plenty of other remote
areas where you can get away from it all.