AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


News and events

  • AONB Supplementary Planning Guidance Note (SPG)


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    The three local planning authorities covering the AONB – Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham – have prepared and adopted an AONB Supplementary Planning Guidance Note (SPG) in partnership with the AONB. The document provides detailed advice for prospective developers, planning officers and others about how to successfully accommodate development in and around the AONB without harming the special qualities of the area. The SPG is an important consideration in the determination of planning applications and planning appeals. click on the link below to download




  • An Outstanding Week in September!


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    September has always been an outstanding month in our countryside, with harvests being brought safely home, trees and meadows taking on their autumnal colours, skies offering a full palette of hues, musky bonfires lingering in the evening air and a welcoming calmness for visitors. September this year, however, promises to be even more outstanding!

    The AONB Family has worked together to organise a week (and a bit) long programme of events to help people enjoy and be inspired by Britain's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Starting on Saturday 15th September and continuing through to Sunday 23rd September, the events can be found on www.landscapesforlifeevents.org.uk.

    Celebrating Outstanding Week the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB

    are leading three walks that will cover the entirety of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & canal World Heritage Site. The whole 11 miles of its length will be covered over three days. All walks will go out and return along the canal tow path which is flat and accessible to all. If you complete all three walks you will travel approx. 22 miles! Alternatively some of the walks are accessible, to at least a part return by public transport. The walks will be led by the AONB Officer and supported by the Friends of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley (http://www.friends.cymru/)

    click on the link below to download your copy of Out & About http://www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk/events/

  • Butterfly monitoring


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    The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB have been on a mission to monitor our butterflies.  Surveying butterflies is important because the data colected can be used to show the relative success of local habitat management.  Butterflies have a very rapid life cycle and high senstitivity to environmental conditions.  Their dependence on particular plant species and habitats gives a good indication of where to direct conservation effort and assess how effective current conservation work is.  A good example of a butterfly species that dependent on its habitat and other species within it, is the common blue butterfly.  Common blue butterflies lay their eggs on their caterpillar's food plant which is ususally the common bird's foot trefoil.  After around 8 days these eggs hatch and the caterpillars feed on this plant.   while the caterpillar is feeding, it will secrete a honeydew substance which attracts ants.  In return for the constant supply of honeydew, ants will protect the caterpillar from predators.  After around 6 weeks the caterpillar will form into a chrysalis on the ground or at the base of its food plant.  Ants that find the chrysails often bury it which again will protect it from predators.  After two weeks the butterfly will then emerge from the chrysalis as an adult butterfly. They will then find a mate and the cycle will start again. This particular species will usually only live for 3 weeks.  Without the bird's-foot trefoil and the ants, this species of butterfly would not be able to survive.  Butterfly surveys have been set up at both Loggerheads country Park and Prestatyn Hillside.  The Loggerheads Country Park transect was set up in February 2017 and was surveyed throughout the season. 22 different species were recorded, with 3 being Species of Principal Importance.  The Prestatyn hillside transect was set up at the end of 2017. Training of local people has taken place and the transect is now being monitored by volunteers. The data collected on the transect will be analysed at the end of the 2018 season.  It is hoped that more transects will be started within the AONB by trained volunteers.  Getting volunteers involved has made surveying more sustainable and has also educated a new audience about the importanance of  our beauriful  butterflies.  If anyone is interested in surveying butterflies in the area, please get in touch vicky.knight@denbighshire.gov.uk

  • The Curlew


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    The Curlew is one of Britain's most iconic bird species. Its distinct and evocative song is a familiar sound; a harbinger of spring that is deeply ingrained within our culture.  Sadly, the Curlew is under severe threat, facing an uncertain future throughout Wales and is fast becoming rare.   How can you help?

    It is vital to determine where Curlews are present. We need as many records as possible to tell us where curlews are during the breeding season (between April and June). If you encounter any curlews – or have seen or heard any over the last few months whilst out and about, please let us know.  If you are keen to know more, please email Vicky Knight from the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB at vicky.knight@denbighshire.gov.uk or call 01824 712729

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