The uplands of Wales
At first glance the chilly uplands of Wales
appear to be little more than inhospitable, brooding expanses. Yet
it is the very hostility of this land that has helped create some
of the most dramatic Welsh wildlife - superbly adapted to the toil
and rigour of a bitter climate. The uplands are in fact a land of
The rainbow beetle - a relic from the last ice age - clings to
life high on Snowdon, where it feeds on wild thyme. We can see
extraordinary arctic-alpine flowers on the high mountain cliffs.
Then there are those oceanic species only to be found along
the breezy western European seaboard.
Wales is a land of mountains! The Cambrian range stretches like
an arched spine from north to south. The Snowdonia chain all
but falls into the sea in the northwest; and the Brecon Beacons and
Black Mountains link this small country in a crown of
The uplands don’t run together – you can’t hop, skip and jump
from mountain to mountain. The mountain ranges of Wales
conceal myriad small valleys, a wealth of different
landscapes and wildlife.