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Wilderness - Snowdonia

Wildlife haven

Snowdonia National Park

The Snowdonia National Park covers more than 800 square miles of stunning upland countryside.

Its highest point is Mount Snowdon at 3,560 feet, and the peak dominates the rugged landscape surrounding it.

Rugged landscapes and hardy animals at Snowdonia

In legend the mountain is said to be the burial place of the fierce giant Rhita, who was vanquished by King Arthur.

The Welsh wilderness which surrounds Mount Snowdon is home to a variety of hardy wildlife including the Mountain Goat and Ravens as well as Otters, Polecats and Stoats.

Nimble creatures

Welsh Mountain GoatNo one knows how the Welsh Mountain Goat came to live on the mountains of Snowdonia, but today there are about 1,000 in the National Park.

In the winter the goats come down from the mountains and are easily spotted.

These dramatic looking creatures have swept back horns, long, black and white shaggy coats, and beards.

One of the best places to see them is around Beddgelert where there are around 230.

These wilderness specialists thrive even in the harshest conditions.

Their ability to eat almost anything helps them survive the unforgiving winters.

The males or billies can often be seen in groups whilst the females or nannies are looking after their young kids.

The kids rarely move very far away from their mothers, and can often be seen clambering over the rocks as they learn new climbing skills.

The mighty Raven

RavenSnowdonia is also a haven for the largest member of the Crow family - the Raven.

If you're lucky, you might see a large Raven's nest which looks like a large pile of twigs resembling an upside down beehive.

This big black bird with iridescent feathers is the size of a Buzzard and can be recognised by its wedge-shaped tail.

These birds feed on carrion and can be seen looking for food, often tumbling and rolling in mid-air.

Some of the best places to see the birds in Snowdonia are around Beddgelert.



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