A view of the Mawddach Estuary on a clear spring day with woodland lining the shores.
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What are Celtic Rainforests?

Celtic Rainforests are extremely rare habitats.

These forests are only found in areas close to the sea—making Eryri the perfect place for such habitats. The conditions in these areas are perfect for rare plants, lichens and forest fungi to grow.

These forests are also referred to as Temperate Forests or Atlantic Forests.

Celtic Rainforests are believed to be under greater threat than tropical rainforests

Celtic Rainforests Project

LIFE Celtic Rainforests project is a conservation project led by The National Park Authority and other partners working within the National Park.

This £7 million project protects and restores Eryri’s Celtic rainforests.

Project objectives

Protecting and celebrating Eryri’s Celtic Rainforests.

Managing invasive species
Invasive species such as Rhododendron can negatively affect the natural ecology of woodlands and forests.
Restoring ancient oak forests
Undertaking conservation work to restore ancient oak forests.
Reintroducing grazing animals to woodlands
Letting animals such as cattle graze in woodlands is an effective way of maintaining and managing rainforests.
  • The National Park Authority
    The National Park Authority is working to secure a sustainable future for the National Park. 
  • Woodland Trust
    The Woodland Trust is a forest conservation and restoration body that operates throughout Britain, including Eryri. 
  • RSPB
    The RSPB is a charity working throughout Britain to ensure the conservation and enhancement of bird habitats. 
  • Welsh Water
    Welsh Water is a not-for-profit company responsible for the water supply of everyone who lives in Wales. 
  • Natural Resources Wales
    Natural Resources Wales is an organisation focusing on many environmental issues in Wales. 


  • Natura 2000
    Natura 2000 is a network of protected natural areas in the European Union. 
  • LIFE
    The LIFE scheme is a funding source established by the European Union to finance environmental and climate change work.