RSPB Lake Vyrnwy reserve at dusk, sun setting

Northern Welsh Moors

Northern Welsh Moors

The Northern Welsh Moors is a unique landscape shaped by traditional farming and the local communities surrounding it. 

Covering 2,000 square kilometres, the area epitomises the incredible diversity of the Welsh landscape. The uplands are a spectacular mosaic of farmed land, upland heath, ffridd, western Atlantic oak and birch woods, rivers, lakes, grasslands and blanket bog.

They support a fantastic wealth of species, as well as underpinning the local economy.

Our aim is to secure the future of the Northern Welsh Moors’ precious wildlife, diverse habitats and scenic beauty by working in partnerships with local people and conservation organisations.


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Futurescapes - Northern Welsh Moors

Explore the area

Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us. 

Moon rising over lake at dawn, Lake Vyrnwy RSPB reserve
Lake Vrynry

Nearby reserves

Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserves within this Futurescape are:

Lake Vyrnwy

Our visitors' centre and well-stocked shop are the ideal places to start your visit. Start out on a trail through the woodland and the birds will soon be all around you.

View across lake showing tower, Lake Vyrnwy RSPB reserve
Lake Vyrnwy

Our partners

Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Northern Welsh Moors. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:

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