A new DVD highlights why Wales' wooded gorges and ravines are extremely important wildlife habitats and the need for recreational users to tread lightly. In the 15 minute programme presented by Plantlife ecologist, Ray Woods, he explains that these places are: "Our ecological equivalent of the rain forest." Some of the moss, liverwort and lichen colonies found within these damp confines are internationally rare and protected by European legislation. Copies of the DVD will be distributed to outdoor education and recreation providers. For details of how to get a copy and to see what the DVD is about, follow the link.
Last year's successful iTry pilot project was a boost for the economy of the area's growing adventure activity sector. It will be running once again over the school summer holidays but this time with additional activity providers. The iTry scheme is designed to make it easier than ever for both residents and visitors to get a taste of outdoor adventure. Activities can be booked with a single telephone call - 0844 9022970 and the project is supported by a bilingual website.
Internationalism at Heart of Snowdon Race
The Snowdon Race is an internationally recognised fixture and one of the most important events on the local calendar. Mountain runners from all over the globe have competed in the Snowdon Race since its inception in 1976, but it is the international team competition that has set the race apart from many other British races. Once again this test of stamina will enjoy TV coverage. There will also be junior races on the day and plenty of stalls and activities for everyone on the starting field. So, bring the family along and support the event.
Snowdonia in Washington
Wales will be the featured nation at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival taking place on Washington's National Mall from 24th - 28th June and during the first week of July. This is an annual, cultural festival run by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Chris Wright, Snowdonia-Active's Chief Exec. will be one of four participants including the Tremadog based adventurer, Eric Jones, representing Wales in the 'Ecotourism' category. He'll be joining a total of around 130 Welsh performers and craftspeople.
Issue 2 Available
The second issue of Antur, a new outdoor information resource for North West Wales, hasn't literally hit the news-stands but it has been out for a couple of weeks. It's been well received and prompted Andrew Baker from Hafan y Mor to email the S-A office with: "Just got my first copy of Antur. Very impressed and congratulations. Can you please ensure I'm on the regular mailing list?" Antur is bilingual and in a A3 news-sheet format. It aims through well-researched and illustrated news and features to highlight the connectivity between the outdoor sector and organisations involved with managing the shared resource that we call the 'outdoors'. Find out what's in issue 2 and details on joining the mailing list.
Shaping Snowdonia's Future
As part of the process of developing the Snowdonia National Park Management Plan and the Local Development Plan, the Park Authority has prepared draft plans available for public viewing. Responses to these documents are welcomed by the Park. These important plans will shape the future of the Park for anyone who lives, works or visits Snowdonia. Taken together, they will have a considerable impact on the Park environment and on the social and economic well being of local communities.
Outdoor Sector News
Issue one of Antur, a new outdoor information resource for North West Wales, is now available. Printed in a bilingual A3 newsheet format, it aims through well-illustrated news items and features to highlight the connectivity between the outdoor sector and organisations involved with managing the shared resource called the 'outdoors'. In this issue, find out why Blaenau might soon be the mountain biking capital of the UK, how The Outdoor Partnership is helping set-up local outdoor activity clubs for youngsters and the latest on inland water access. Click either Antur(Eng)
to download a pdf version or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to be sent a printed copy.
Visit Wales Activity Tourism Roadshows
Visit Wales will be holding four Activity Tourism Roadshows across Wales in November. During the interactive sessions Visit Wales hope to engage with private and voluntary outdoor sector organisations, to keep them up to date on public sector activity tourism plans. They will be discussing key issues and priorities, so Visit Wales and the outdoor sector can jointly plan how to work together in the coming year and beyond.
iTry Adventure Activities
'iTry' launches in July. It is an exciting initiative aimed at residents and visitors, designed to make it easier than ever to get a taste of outdoor adventure.
iTry is for all the family and booking an activity is simply a matter of phoning the hotline number 0844 90 22 970. The extensive programme of adventure experiences runs from the 19th July to 31st August. Now you have no excuses for not knowing what to do with the kids during the summer holidays.
Cylchdaith On Track
Survey work has been completed on the planned circular walk around
Snowdon known as the Cylchdaith Yr Wyddfa. The benefits of a low-level
path linking the three valleys has been widely acknowledged. However,
promoting such a potentially popular walk without first identifying
possible 'erosion hot-spots', sensitive habitat issues and developing a
management and maintenance plan, would not be in the interests of
sustainability. Snowdonia-Active commissioned specialist data
management company exeGesIS from Brecon to survey route options and
produce infrastructure recommendations and cost estimates.
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