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Yr Wyddfa National Nature Reserve


At 3,560ft (1085m), Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh), is the highest peak in Wales and the highest UK mountain south of Scotland. The NNR covers about 6.5 square miles, and is home to a diversity of wildlife habitats including arctic plants that have survived there since the end of the last Ice Age. Top of the list is the snow-white Snowdon lily, and the rocky slopes of Snowdon are the only place in the UK where this plant occurs. Other arctic-alpine plants in the reserve include alpine and tufted saxifrage, alpine saw wort and alpine woodsia. Among other flowers are globe flower, Welsh poppy and wild angelica. Mammals are represented by brown hares, fallow deer, badgers, foxes and the rare and elusive pine marten and polecat. Several herds of feral goats are well established in the area. The wild mountaintops of Snowdonia are frequented by choughs, merlins, buzzards, and peregrine falcons. Below the mountain ridges skylarks can be heard, and both red and black grouse take refuge in the heather moorland.

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