The Celtic Rainforests
The project covers four areas in west Wales, including Snowdonia, Cwm Einion, Cwm Doethie-Mynydd Mallaen and the Elan Valley.
Over the centuries the Celtic rainforest has deteriorated due to issues ranging from the planting of conifers, the invasion of species such as Rhododendron ponticum to grazing by sheep and deer.
The decline has put stress on precious flora, especially lichens such as Pyrenula hibernica (blackberries and custard) and tree lungwort, birds including the pied flycatcher, redstart and wood warbler, and mammals including the lesser horseshoe bat, otter and dormouse.
This partnership project will attempt to rid four areas of Celtic Rainforest of invasive species and find ways of improving their management, for example by changing how the woods are grazed.