Our projects

The Wye Valley AONB Unit, a small team of dedicated staff based in Monmouth, carry out collaborative projects, working closely with organisations, communities and individuals. We run projects that help to conserve and enhance the AONB’s cultural and natural heritage, including: 

  • Landscape enhancement and protection
  • Wildlife conservation and management, with a focus on nature recovery
  • Forging partnerships with those who have an impact on the environment
  • Finding funding for essential conservation and enhancement work
  • Raising awareness of the value of our unique environment, the significance of the designation, the threats and solutions
Here are some of our current projects. For past projects click here.


WISP – Wye Invasive Species Project

We are working with our local communities and stakeholders to stop the spread of three Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) – Japanese Knotweed, American Skunk Cabbage and Himalayan Balsam. On the WISP web-pages you’ll discover useful resources, find out what’s happening in the area and how you can help.

Photo: American Skunk Cabbage in Brockweir by Emma Drabble.

dry stone walling at Cleddon

Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

We administer this super grant scheme which local organisations, volunteer groups and individuals can apply to for project funding (Wales only). We’d love to hear from you if you have a project idea.

The SDF is Welsh Government-funded, but we do have a separate AONB Fund for the Herefordshire part of the AONB. So if you have an idea for a project that will help conserve or enhance our landscape and natural beauty, and/or enjoyment and appreciation of it, do get in touch. We may be able to help you develop your proposal, find funding or partners to help to turn your ideas into reality.

New leaky dam, Angidy catchment

Wye Hedgehogs – Priority Species Project 

Our Wye Valley AONB Hedgehog campaign is called ‘Wye Hedgehogs‘ and we will be working with our fantastic local Wye Hedgehog Hero Dylan Allman,  the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to make the Wye Valley the hedgehog friendliest AONB!

Youth Rangers tv training

wye valley voluntering

Looking towards the source of the Wye Powys County Council

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