About the project

We are here to help deliver change for nature at scale in the heart of Mid-Wales, from the Pumlumon massif to the depths of Cardigan Bay.

The project exists to support healthy and biodiverse ecosystems that deliver economic, ecological and social benefits, through a connected land and sea, appropriate to the local place and culture.

Summit to Sea is about developing collaborative land management ideas for wildlife, across ownership boundaries. This needs a shared, agreed, and inspiring approach to identify and develop benefits across natural resources and land uses.

Watch the latest project update talk here

Our five areas of focus

We are focussing on:

  1. Enhancing riparian and estuarine ecological connectivity
  2. Improving water and aquatic quality
  3. Expanding woodland and native tree cover in the right places
  4. Supporting healthier biodiversity 
  5. Connecting people to nature

… and all underpinned by strong social and economic benefits.

Why?

As with all parts of the UK, including Wales, the project area is already under the shadow of unprecedented loss of wildlife and having to adapt to the effects of climate change. The project is an exciting way of approaching conservation working from the ground up, determining what works for communities, businesses and nature, how it can be implemented.

Summit to Sea recognises that solutions to these environmental challenges cannot be found by excluding inhabitants, protecting only small and isolated pockets of wildlife, or disregarding the wealth of knowledge, understanding and concern for the land that already exists in the area. 

The only ethical, just way to turn around environmental destruction is to find ways to work with people. We need to be ambitious and crucially work at landscape-scale. Solutions must be joined up, underpin the local economy, and celebrate the local culture and sense of place.

Questions we’re asking

We’ve been talking and listening to a range of people over the last year about what the project could do to achieve this vision. Questions we’re asking include:

  • What type of ‘interventions’ could we explore that will benefit biodiversity? We’re looking at ecological, economic and social interventions which support nature
  • How could we improve connectivity of habitats? 
  • What could we do to support and co-develop the existing nature-based economy in the area?  
  • How can we learn from each other, from other projects, and local historical land and sea management to inform our decisions today?

Over the next year we’ll be firming up our answers to these and looking at preparing ways in which we can test and develop these in practice. 

Project update talk (17 September 2020)

Join the conversation

So, if you’re interested in getting involved with the process do get in touch. You might be a landowner, a food producer, a business owner, a local surfer, a regular visitor, a student studying at Aberystwyth University, a community group or an historian. We want to hear from everybody to make sure our vision speaks of the hopes and aspirations of those directly impacted by the loss of biodiversity and impacts of climate change.

Read the latest news

Online Workshop 30th September 2020

We're holding the first of our series of online workshops on Wednesday 30th September between 5.30pm - 7.00pm. During this workshop we’ll discuss the vision and collectively identify the key themes and areas of interest to explore together as we develop the project....

Opportunities to take part in shaping the project

Over the summer we've been speaking with lots of people one to one, thanks to all those who've given their time in this period. During September there are a number of additional ways you can take part in the projects development Questionnaire on your use of the...

RSPB Cymru New Project Host

As of June 2020, RSPB Cymru will become the project hosts of Summit to Sea

What you said at our drop-ins

We have held nine drop-in sessions all over the project area in the last few months, and more than 150 people joined us to discuss the project. Thank you to everyone who participated. We apologise for the short notice of these sessions and want to reassure you that...

Drop-in sessions – more dates announced

We’ll be holding more drop-in sessions in 2020, and have been reflecting on our sessions last year