Nature in Conwy

Conwy has a wealth of wildlife living in a wide diversity of habitats. The variety of rocks and soils, landform, aspect and elevation supports an equal variety of semi-natural habitats, from alpine scree to grasslands, woodlands, freshwater lakes, streams and rivers, tidal estuaries and coastal habitats, as well as the more modified habitats of permanent pasture and planted conifer forest.
Each of the above habitats is utilised by specific animals such as: the salmon and sea trout on the Afon Conwy; the rare silver studded blue butterfly of the Great Orme; the wood warblers and pied flycatchers of ancient oak woodland; the hen harriers which breed on high moorland, and the wintering curlew and oystercatcher which gather to feed on the mudflats of Traeth Lafan.

Biodiversity Action Planning

Conwy is part of the North East Wales Biodiversity Partnership - Bionet, which brings together biodiversity work in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. The Partnership unites key organisations including North Wales Wildlife Trust, Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North East Wales Wildlife, Natural Resources Wales as well as local organisations, community groups and interested individuals. We meet twice yearly.

Details of the Conwy County Borough Council Biodiversity Duty Plan can be found by following the link below. Biodiversity Duty Plan - Conwy County Borough Council

We carry out a range of biodiversity projects with different partners including housing associations, the fire service and NHS. Some current projects we are working on through the Local Places for Nature funding stream include the installation of swift boxes across the county, urban tree planting, meadow creation, improving public green spaces for biodiversity and increasing opportunities for community food growing.

Further details about Conwy’s Local Places for Nature projects can be found here.

Key contact

Kate Surry Ecologist

Environment, Roads and Facilities
Conwy County Borough Council
Conway Rd
LL28 5AB

Phone: 01492 575106
Email: Kate Surry

For ideas on how you can help nature please visit Biodiversity - Conwy County Borough Council

If you interested on learning more about this project or more information, please contact one of our Local Nature Partnership Coordinators.

Conwy is a valued member of the all-Wales Local Nature Partnership Network

Local Nature Partnerships CymruConwy County Borough CouncilBio net

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Helping Wildlife

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