The landscape of the Brecon Beacons is dominated by uplands rising from the lowland valleys. At first glance the open and exposed grass and moor lands seem similar but they contain a surprisingly varied collection of habitats and species that make their homes here.
These upland areas are scarce in southern Britain and the Brecon Beacons form an important link between the isolated uplands of Dartmoor and Exmoor in south west England and the more extensive uplands of Snowdonia and northern England.
The uplands of the Brecon Beacons play an important role in the distribution of freshwater in South Wales. The Rivers Usk, Monnow, Nedd and Tawe all start on the upland habitats of the Brecon Beacons. As our climate changes, the management of this land will play a critical role in whether rivers flood or run dry.
For more information see;
CCW: A general information leaflet about the habitats on Mountains in Wales.
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