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Mountaineering body finds no damage from activities

Posted 1 September 2010
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Mountaineering body finds no damage from activities
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A study by the British Mountaineering Club (BMC) has found no evidence that winter climbing in Snowdonia has caused significant damage to plant life there.

The body carried out checks in the Cwm Idwal area last month, amid concerns that Arctic-Alpine and Montane plants could be lost as ice axes and other pieces of climbing equipment are inserted into rock crevices during climbs on snowy days, uprooting the flora.

However, a study of the cliffs favoured by climbers in winter - those getting less or no direct sunlight - found such plants are still present and there are no signs that turf has been disturbed.

Even so, the BMC warned against complacency and said climbers on such cliffs next winter should avoid cutting turf because it can destroy habitats.

One act of plant removal from a mountainside taking place this month will be beneficial.

Volunteers from the Snowdonia Society will be clearing gorse bushes from the slopes of Moel Dduarth on September 29th to make the creation of a new sheep track possible.

This will ensure there is a route for the animals to come down as they descend from the mountain into the valley for the winter.

Posted by Dan Mirza