Temperate Rain Forest

Temperate Rain Forest

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These woodlands in the Vale of Ffestiniog are remnants of the Atlantic Oakwoods that once covered much of the coasts of Europe, extending down from Northern Scotland as far down as Portugal. Because of the steep rocky gorges and waterfalls they have very high humidity and are sometimes referred to as 'Temperate Rain Forests'.

Together, the Atlantic coastal woodlands of northwest Wales form the Meirionydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites SAC.

There are a number of nature reserves throughout the area, although not all of them are suitable and safe for public access due to the precipitous nature of their terrain. These woods are home to many rare and endangered ferns, mosses, liverworts, lichens and fungi that are relicts of the last Ice Age. The woodlands also provide ideal habitat for birds, insects and mammals - particularly bats.

'Treekind' is an interactive package for learning about woodland with particular reference to making a management plan. It is based on a typical woodland in the Vale of Ffestiniog as conceptualised by Mike Alexander of the Conservation Management System Consortium.




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