Many have been designated as Natura 2000 sites of European importance to help protect and improve these habitats.

Several species such as the rare red kite and rare alpine plants, depend upon the habitats on which they live and it is important that they are carefully managed to keep them in good condition.

The uplands are vital for people too – they supply and purify drinking water and visitors come in their thousands to walk the footpaths or simply enjoy the views. The LIFE Natura 2000 programme has produced costed action plans for every Upland Natura 2000 site in Wales, planning for the future and helping to obtain vital funds.

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