The Wye Valley National Landscapes Team, based in Monmouth, carry out collaborative projects, working closely with organisations, communities and individuals. We run projects that help to conserve and enhance the National Landscape’s cultural and natural heritage, including:
We are working with the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat, Wales Resilient Ecological network (WaREN), partner organisations, our local communities, landowners and contractors to stop the spread of three Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) – Japanese Knotweed, American Skunk Cabbage and Himalayan Balsam. Find out what’s happening and how you can help….
Photo: American Skunk Cabbage in Brockweir by Emma Drabble.
We have identified a 5 priority species for the Wye Valley National Landscape that reflect the key habitats found here.
One of the species is the hedgehog and we’re running a campaign called Wye Hedgehogs, working with our fantastic local Wye Hedgehog Hero Dylan Allman, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to make the Wye Valley the most hedgehog friendly National Landscape!
At just 15 hectares, Cleddon Bog (between Cleddon and Trellech) might look unassuming, but its importance cannot be overstated. Recognising its vital role as a carbon store, floodwater store, wildlife haven and a place of rare beauty, it was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1963. However, the natural services that this Bog provides are threatened as the bog is gradually drying out and is being taken over by a few dominant plant species. Find out what we’re doing to try to reverse the decline of Cleddon Bog SSSI…
In Autumn 2021, we secured National Lottery Heritage Fund support to deliver our Lower Wye Valley Nature Networks Project, in partnership with Gwent Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust. This funding is improving the condition of a suite of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on the Welsh side of the Lower Wye Valley between Monmouth and Chepstow, and enhancing connectivity between the special sites to allow greater movement of wildlife across the landscape.
We brought together three wonderful speakers to talk about ‘Enhancing water catchment through innovative land management’. The result was an inspirational day of talks from leading experts in soil and land management, agroforestry and Natural Flood Management. Niels Corfield – Regenerative Agriculture Consultant, Stephen Briggs – Abacus Agriculture & Nuffield Scholar and Chris Uttley – Stroud Valleys Natural Flood Management.
We’ve adopted a catchment-scale approach to natural flood management (NFM) in this National Landscapes-led project, funded previously by Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency. Working with farmers, landowners and land managers, we are focussing on a number of small catchments in the lower Wye Valley (Welsh and English sides) – the Angidy, Cat Brook, White Brook and Valley Brook – to help our river ecosystems and our local communities become more resilient as our climate becomes more wet and stormy.
We co-ordinate the Wye Valley Walk Partnership that looks after this wonderful 136-mile long-distance trail, and we also look after the series of fabulous easy-access walks found along the trail and manage the Cicerone guide and passport. Click here for the official Wye Valley Walk site.
Volunteers are needed for a wide range of activities throughout the year, from tree and hedge planting, vegetation clearance, drystone walling to scything meadows and installing footpath gates. Please get in touch with Lucinda our Community Links Officer if you’d like to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org