Otters thrive at Trawsfynydd
Llyn Trawsfynydd is the perfect habitat for otters, a survey has revealed.
The habitat survey was conducted at Trawsfynydd Site as part of the station’s biodiversity action plan. It revealed the area provides excellent wildlife habitats, especially for otters who have made the area their home.
The diverse nature of the area surrounding the site was noted as providing a good mix of habitat niches, according to Eryri Ecology who undertook the joint survey for Magnox and the Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA). A number of recommendations have been made by Eryri Ecology to enhance these habitat areas and encourage the preservation of local species.
Kevin Titley, Environmental Coordinator at Trawsfynydd Site, said: “We make every effort to work closely with local stakeholders like the SNPA to ensure we always look after the local environment.
“The site is situated in a rural location close to several areas that are of great interest to conservationists. We have re-issued our Biodiversity Action Plan in 2011 with the aim of developing a better understanding of local biodiversity and identifying actions that can be taken to improve local habitats.
“Since the initial plan was drawn up several years ago we have seen some improvements in the biodiversity of the habitats around the site. An established trail exists around the Trawsfynydd landholding to allow visitors to experience the wildlife around the station and Llyn Trawsfynydd.
Welcoming the conclusions of the survey, Rhys Owen, Head of Conservation and Agriculture at the SNPA said “It is always encouraging to work with local organisations and businesses which recognise the importance of the environment. As a result of working in partnership with Magnox at its site in Trawsfynydd, the area will now benefit from the preservation of local species, enriched biodiversity and improved habitats.”