Wild Berwyn or Coy Nature Reserve – a Changing Landscape

Ronald Johnston


The approach taken to conservation of natural and semi-natural habitats is determined by many often conflicting demands. These conflicts often originate with fundamentally different perceptions of environment. Upland heather moorland is commonly perceived as one of Britain’s few remaining (semi) natural habitats. In Wales these areas are under particular pressure due to multiple land use demands. This paper uses the conservation issues associated with the Berwyn Mountains in Mid-Wales, UK as an example of the potential conflict between ‘culturally’ and ‘scientifically’ based perceptions which drive conservation policies intended to preserve and maintain these habitats. The need for a multidisciplinary approach is emphasised and the central role of environmental education in protecting against exclusivity between disciplines is resented.

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