AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


Managing the AONB

The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB is built on strong partnerships with communities, volunteers, farmers and landowners – as well as organisations such as Forestry Commission Wales, the Countryside Council for Wales and Cadw.

We all work together with a common goal of improving our environment and making it more accessible.

The AONB is governed by a Joint Advisory Committee (JAC). This represents the three local authorities of Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham together with landowners, farmers, and conservation and recreation interests. 

Denbighshire County Council takes the lead in delivering the objectives of the AONB supported by the other two Local Authorities

 These are some of our key partners:

The Countryside Council for Wales

CCW are a vital link between the AONB and the Welsh Government. They advise on national policy and provide core funds for staff and project work. Their officers work closely with us both nationally and regionally.

Forestry Commission Wales

In collaboration with Forestry Commission Wales, we help deliver community projects at three forests in the Clwydian Range – Moel Famau, Llangwyfan and Nercwys.


At Moel Famau Country Park we’re working with Forestry Commission Wales and the RSPB as part of the Welsh Black Grouse Recovery Project.

Friends of Moel Findeg

This is just one example of our work with local community groups. We help manage Moel Findeg Local Nature Reserve in partnership with the Friends of Moel Findeg and the Maeshafn and District Rural Association – not only through a steering group for the site but also through practical and financial support.


Many people from across the AONB regularly give up their time to get involved in our programme of practical tasks ranging from dry stone walling and hedge laying to counting black grouse. Our work simply could not happen without their help.

Other partnerships:

  • Cadwyn Clwyd
  • Prestatyn Environment Association
  • Deeside Urban Wildlife Group
  • North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • Coed Cymru
  • Dyserth Environment Group
  • Gwaenysgor Conservation Society
  • Llysfasi Agricultural College
  • Denbighshire Voluntary Services
  • Flintshire Voluntary Services Council
  • National Trust
  • Cadw
  • Canals and Rivers Trust 
Clwydian Range Management Plan 2009-14

Clwydian Range Management Plan 2009-14

The first statutory Management Plan for the Clwydian Range, published in 2004, for the first time, through consultation with local communities and land managers, clearly identified what makes the area special and set a clear agenda for investment in these special qualities and features. This plan builds on that work and looks to strengthen the partnerships needed to ensure lasting and effective change.

This plan also recognises the array of benefits and services the landscape provides for us, essential in our daily lives, and the delicate eco-systems that hold this complex network together. Understanding the contribution the landscape has to make to our economic, social and environmental well being is fundamental to investing in its future.



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