Snowdonia National Park was designated in 1951 under the National Park and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The National Park covers 213,200 hectares of varied countryside including mountain, moorland, woodland and coast. About 25,000 people live in the National Park which receives an estimated 10.5 million visitor nights each year. There are traces of evidence within the landscape of Snowdonia of thousands of years of human activity and archaeological excavations continue to unlock these secrets. This year, archaeological excavation and conservation work has been undertaken at sites at Caer Gai, Pont Sgethin, Tomen y Mur and Cwm Ciprwth and an archaeological investigation was undertaken at the Prys Mawr development in Llanuwchllyn which dated the house to the 1580s and traced its development over the centuries.
Their management quotes: “National Park purposes will be delivered through a diverse and prospering economy adapted to the challenges of climate change and founded on natural resources - its landscape qualities, opportunities for learning and enjoyment, cultural and natural heritage. With thriving bilingual and inclusive communities, partnership working will have demonstrated that more can be achieved through working together.”
•Lloydia serontina known also as the Snowdon Lily it’s an arctic alpine plant that likes a cold environment with snow and ice on craggy slopes and poor soil where there are few nutrients. This is the only place in the world where you will find the Snowdon Lily.
•Tourism is periodic and some shops which depend on tourism alone shuts down in winter. Snowdonia is a very busy place in the summer months, as the number of visitors increase dramatically. Visitors have an impact on the land, causing footpath erosion and, as the primary purpose of the National Park is to ‘conserve and enhance’, any erosion needs to be fixed. Footpaths cost about £100 per meter to maintain.
•The largest natural lake in Wales lying at a height of 163m covers an area of 10.24km 2 . The lake is 43 metres deep. Llyn Tegid is a SSSI and a Ramsar site as an important ‘wetland’. The lake is used for leisure (fishing, boating and canoeing) as well as helping to supply water to Cheshire. Two exceptional kinds, the gwyniad fish and glutinous snail live in the lake which is under threat from toxic algae.
•An area of moorland/blanket bog reaching a height of 479m and covering an area of 142.35km square. The area is used for agriculture but provides us with many ecosystem services. It’s an important nesting ground for birds and also stores water and carbon and cleans the water.
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sunrise: 2019-11-23 07:52:28
sunset: 2019-11-23 16:11:37