The conservation, trees and agriculture department is responsible for protecting the National Park’s landscapes and wildlife. The department has many responsibilities, including the development of conservation strategies and addressing the challenges facing Snowdonia today.

Departmental responsibilities
  • Leading and co-operating with other bodies and organisations on conservation projects
  • Protecting and enhancing the National Park’s landscape and wildlife
  • Working with farmers and the agricultural sector on conservation issues
  • Producing and developing a ‘Local Biodiversity Plan’ for Snowdonia, which sets out strategies to conserve and enhance Snowdonia’s biodiversity
  • Tackling challenges facing the National Park, such as invasive species and the effects of climate change
The department's work

The Conservation, Trees and Agriculture department is responsible for the sustainable conservation of the National Park.

Conservation Projects
The department has collaborated on and led several conservation projects, from beekeeping to removing invasive species.
Celtic Rainforests
LIFE Celtic Rainforests is a project focused on conserving and restoring the National Park's ancient rainforests.
Peatlands
The peatlands of Snowdonia play an essential role in reducing the impact of climate change, and most have been restored as part of the Welsh Peatlands Project.
Dark Sky
Snowdonia's dark sky is essential for all kinds of wildlife. The conservation department aims to protect the dark sky and leads the NOS Project partnership.

Rhys Owen, Head of Conservation, Trees and Agriculture

Rhys joined the National Park Authority in 2002 as a Farm Conservation Officer, before leading Rhaglen Tir Eryri—a pioneering project from 2003-2008.

Rhys became the section/department lead in 2008. The department has since evolved from the Ecology, Woodland and Forestry department to its current format of Conservation, Trees and Agriculture.