The Berwyn range is a sparsely-populated area of hilly moorland located in an isolated region of the north-east of Wales. In Welsh the range is known as Y Berwyn or Mynydd y Berwyn. The range has Bala
to its south-west, Llangollen
in the north-east and Corwen
on the north-west side. Oswestry
lies to the south-east of the range. The range is home to the Cadair Berwyn summit which rises to 830 metres and the Cadair Bronwen which is 784 metres above sea level. The Berwyn is crossed by the Milltir Cerrig mountain pass (B4391) which climbs to an altitude of 486 metres. Wild and relatively remote, the Berwyn range is typified by its picturesque thick heather that makes for difficult walking. Acidic grassland and bracken tends to occupy the land that is not coated in heather. The Berwyn range is home to a variety of wildlife, including a healthy population of upland birds.
The birdlife here includes a very important population of raptors, such as the hen harrier (Circus Cyaneus) and two falcons, the Merlin (Falco Columbarius) and the peregrine (Falco Peregrinus). The presence of these birds helped the Berwyn range achieve Special Protection Area classification in accordance with the European Union's Birds Directive. The range also supports other important British wildlife including the short-eared owl, the raven and the buzzard as well as polecats and the golden plover.
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