British Mountaineering Council expand their commitment to conservation

November 2023 | Featured

The British Mountaineering Council have announced that they have installed a winter monitoring system on Clogwyn y Garnedd in Eryri. This follows the success of similar systems in Cwm Idwal and Cwm Cenifion last season.

Clogwyn y Garnedd is among one of the most popular spots for mountaineers during the winter and is located at a hight that allows constant condition cycles throughout the season. The specific conditions of the site provides a unique opportunity to monitor what is happening in the area and to study the effect that changes in conditions are having on ecosystems located there.

One of the aims of the scheme is to aid the conservation of ten of the rarest arctic alpine plants along with two of the rarest invertebrates in Britain, including the Snowdon Rainbow Beetle. These species, which are native to Britain and have been present since the ice ages, can be found on Clogwyn y Garnedd.

Those who climb the slopes will also benefit from the temperature information, allowing them to better analyse the climbing conditions as defrosting turf and an increase in temperatures can cause dangers.

Tom Carrick, the BMC’s Welsh Access Officer, said:

‘I’d like to see climbers using this tool in a manner similar to how we consult the weather forecast and check guidebooks. It all contributes to forming a comprehensive picture of the conditions on Clogwyn Y Garnedd. Climbers will still need to assess the readings and conditions independently, but this resource should ideally facilitate a more informed judgment of safer conditions.’

Robbie Blackhall-Miles speaking on behalf of Plantlife, said:

‘Clogwyn Y Garnedd, stands as a vital sanctuary for some of the rarest arctic alpine plants and the elusive Snowdon Rainbow beetle – a testament to its ecological significance. Beyond it’s natural wonders, the Trinity Face serves as both a winter climbing haven and a unique climate observatory.’

‘Now, armed with this specialised data and comprehensive weather forecasts, we gain a profound understanding of the face’s conditions – a leap forward in appreciating and safeguarding this extraordinary landscape.’

For more information go to the British Mountaineering Council website.

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