Wildlife and Conservation
The National Park is rich in wildlife . Go quietly and you'll be surprised what you can see. But be warned though, it rarely jumps out at you as it does on television! The rivers are the breeding grounds of trout and salmon - a delicious meal for any otter, and provide a real spectacle when making their way upstream to spawn. The rivers are also home to the White-clawed Crayfish - a sort of fresh water lobster - which is threatened with exinction in our area along with water voles (Wind in the Willows' Ratty!) . There are particular actions that you can take which will reduce or eliminate any risk to wildlife from your activity.
Save our native Crayfish!
Our native Crayfish are threatened with extinction by the alien Signal Crayfish which eats them and spreads a deadly fungal disease called 'Crayfish Plague'. Whether fishing or canoeing, always thoroughly dry your kit or boat between different rivers or simply disinfect with household bleach.
There are many species of birds that nest by the river, for example the Little Ringed Plover that broods its eggs on gravel banks. The Park's waterways are great for birdwatching, especially at Llangorse Lake which many winter migrants visit. Life is difficult for many species of plant and animals alongside man's activities - please do your best to look after our wildlife and follow our Water Code. If you want to get more active, why not join the Brecknock Wildlife Trust or volunteer with the National Park or get your club or organisation to join our 'Boating for Wildlife' campaign, by 'adopting' your favourite piece of water to keep clear of rubbish and to monitor wildlife.