Wildflower meadow at Hen Bethel

INCC has been working with partner organisations and communities of the Amman Valley to bring about a greater awareness of the wildlife people share their valley with. The work has already highlighted the importance of the valley for wildlife, and just how committed local people are about wildlife and nature conservation.

The Amman Valley is an area where the impact of industry has been painfully felt by nature in the past. However, the Amman Valley also represents a place where human action has helped shape the landscape and the habitats and wildlife we see today.

Thanks to the valley’s industrial past, much of the land has been less intensively farmed. Local people practiced only small-scale, non-intensive farming to help supplement their incomes. This has meant that today there is a diverse mosaic of different habitats and wildlife to be found. Small areas of habitat scattered throughout the valley and the villages combine to create a large ecological network. This network of habitats supports some of Wales’ most iconic and threatened wildlife.

Nature is a constant source of inspiration, contributing to our physical and mental health and wellbeing. The more resilient our ecosystems are for wildlife, the greater the benefits for people.

Nant Pedol. A tributary of the Afon Amman

Wildlife surveys and community nature conservation activities helped to demonstrate the vital role communities can play in bringing about the positive changes needed to halt and reverse the decline in biodiversity, locally and across Wales.

INCC believes that the community’s dedication to nature conservation coupled with valley’s importance for wildlife warrants special recognition in the form of a Landscape of Importance for Nature Conservation (LINC). All ongoing and future nature conservation work in the area will be under the LINC initiative.

INCC has been able to work closely with a number of local landowners, community groups and volunteers in the valley to deliver a number of targeted nature conservation projects throughout the landscape.