Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon - United Kingdom

Basic Information
Site Name
Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon
Short name
T11
Country
United Kingdom
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Operating Organisation
Site Description
Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon is an upland ECN site incorporating the summit of Yr Wyddfa or Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, 19km south-east of Bangor in North Wales. It is co-located with the Nant Teyrn freshwater site. The altitude ranges from 298-1085m and includes three additional summits over 800m. The bedrock is a mixture of Ordovician acidic and basic volcanic rocks, with localised igneous intrusions. Evidence of glaciation is widespread, with prominent corrie moraines. There are 5 lakes within the site, three of which form a 'staircase'. The soils are varied and include brown podzolic soil, gleys, organic peat soils and humic rankers. The dominant vegetation is acidic grassland with Festuca ovina (sheep's fescue) and Agrostis sp (bent grass) in the drier areas and Nardus stricta (mat grass) in the wetter areas. The site is part of the Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon National Nature Reserve, managed by the Natural Resources Wales under agreement with the owner. The land is unenclosed and grazed by sheep and a small herd of feral goats.
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2022-08-26 01:08:51

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General Characteristics and Status
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
1995
Observed properties
Photos
View over Llyn Llydaw, ECN Snowdon, North Wales [Photo: Natural Resources Wales]

View over Llyn Llydaw, ECN Snowdon, North Wales [Photo: Natural Resources Wales]

Automatic weather station in the snow, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Natural Resources Wales]

Automatic weather station in the snow, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Natural Resources Wales]

Feral goat, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Jonathan Yeardley]

Feral goat, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Jonathan Yeardley]

Purple saxifrage, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Jonathan Yeardley]

Purple saxifrage, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Jonathan Yeardley]

Reflection in a still lake, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Jonathan Yeardley]

Reflection in a still lake, ECN Snowdon [Photo: Jonathan Yeardley]

Geographic
Elevation (average)
267.00msl
Elevation (min)
298.00msl
Elevation (max)
1085.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
UK ECN (LTER_EU_UK_057)This site is a verified "UK ECN" member.
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