A view of the Mawddach Estuary on a clear spring day with woodland lining the shores.
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A delicate balance of many challenges

Protecting exceptional areas such as Eryri is a delicate balance of all sorts of different challenges. Our national parks are extremely sensitive places where small changes can have significant repercussions.

Snowdonia National Park Authority is one of several organisations working towards protecting and enhancing Eryri’s landscape and wildlife.

Climate change
It's easy to think of climate change as a problem affecting the far corners of the world, but it is a crisis that is already affecting the National Park.
About Climate Change
Japanese knotweed
Invasive Species
Invasive species are species that can negatively affect native plants and animals. This has been one of the National Park's biggest challenges in recent years, and significant work has been undertaken in response to this challenge.
About Invasive Species
The challenges in statistics

Some of the challenges currently facing Eryri are huge and require intense collaboration.

Yr Wyddfa
Over 600,000 people climb Yr Wyddfa every year, making it one of Britain's most popular mountains.
Rhododendron ponticum
Rhododendron ponticum has managed to spread and take over more than 2,000 hectares in a hundred years.
Rising temperatures
The temperature of Wales is over 1°C higher than it was 100 years ago.
Every year, around 130 volunteers give their time to assist the Park Authority with some of Eryri's biggest challenges.
A report has shown increased levels of microplastics on some parts of Yr Wyddfa. These levels are caused by litter pollution.
Snowdonia National Park warden on the coast of Snowdonia
Eryri National Park Wardens often work on the frontlines of campaigns that address the challenges facing Eryri. Their duties can range from daily engagement with National Park communities to landscape restoration and protection.
National Park Wardens
A volunteer works on a stone path
The invaluable contribution of volunteers is key to the protection and enhancement of the special qualities of the National Park. A wide variety of volunteering opportunities are available throughout the year.