Alyn and Chwiler Living Landscape

Living Landscape by Amy Green

The vision for this project is to help create a landscape within which wildlife thrives and people prosper together in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

It aims to work at a landscape scale, initially focussing on the Alun and Chwiler river corridors, to help improve the local environment. Building on work already undertaken it will help to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife habitats and engage with local people, working in partnership with local communities, farmers, organisations and businesses.

The Alun and Chwiler river valleys in North East Wales both play host to a wide variety of important species and the area has been identified as a biodiversity hotspot for many years. Some past projects which have focussed on this area include the Wheeler Watervole Project and the Alyn Valley Himalayan Balsam Control Project. Through this new Living Landscape project we will bring together habitat management work happening across the two river valleys to benefit the entire ecosystem from water quality to plant diversity and thriving protected species. We plan on achieving this by coordinating works at different sites, some private and others which are publically accessible for example Loggerheads Country Park near Llanferres and Coed y Felin nature reserve in Hendre. The current project has funding for three years and we hope to expand the area it covers and extend it long into the future. The current focus of the project is on land within 1km of the rivers and streams that make up the Alun and Chwiler catchments and will include many actions including fencing-off sections of the riverbank where they have become eroded and compacted by livestock, building new wildlife ponds, restoring traditional hedgerows for native species and connecting up woodlands.

There is a steering group for the project made up of partners who manage areas within or have a vested interest in the area that is covered by the project. These partners are Natural Resources Wales, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Flintshire County Council, Denbighshire County Council, North East Wales Wildlife, British Association of Shooting and Conservation and North Wales Wildlife Trust.

The project also has a strong community engagement element. As well as offering a variety of volunteering opportunities open to anyone who wants to make a difference the project will also be giving talks, leading walks and running activities with schools and local groups. The project will be running wildlife workshops where people can learn how to make nest boxes, bird feeders, survey for different wildlife, garden for wildlife and other activities.
If you would like to take part in the project, for example as a landowner in one of the river corridors or as a volunteer helping the environment then please get in touch with the project officer- or 07961698437


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