The peat base we have underneath our moorland is perhaps our most important asset. Peat creates a fantastically rich environment for many plant and animal species, but is a fragile component of our landscape once vegetation is lost.
Not to boast, but we have one of the UK’s rarest trees hidden in the cracks of our scree cliff face. Sorbus Anglic – a type of Whitebeam – is found here, part of fewer than 250 specimens in existence.
Not only home to lime-loving plants such as Fairy Flax and Bloody Cranesbill, they also attract important pollinators such as the Pearl Bordered Fritillary.
Limestone scree escarpments are fragile landforms that we maintain in as natural a condition as possible. North Wales has some of the best examples in Britain!
75% of the World’s heather moorland is found in the UK. We have a responsibility to its health and productivity.
Over 75% of the Welsh Black Grouse population is also found here on Ruabon moor.
Heather moorland is home to plants and wildlife which are reliant on the habitat, including the bilberry bumblebee, the green hairstreak butterfly, skylark, golden plover and hen harrier.