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1.1 Areas, locations, routes and activities

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The National Park Authority welcomes events that get people active, help people to understand and enjoy the special qualities of the National Park and contribute to the economic and social sustainability of the area.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the UK’s only coastal National Park. It has an international reputation for its landscape, wildlife, and cultural history. Many event organisers decide to hold events in the Park to take advantage of this spectacular scenic backdrop and unique Welsh character.

Broad Haven South

Wherever practical, it is best to hold events in areas and at times of year when they will cause least disturbance to the environment, wildlife and communities. An excellent resource for finding national and international conservation designation areas is Wales Activity Mapping at www.walesactivitymapping.org.uk. Equally, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has areas that are well suited to holding spectacular and successful outdoor events that can bring participants and spectators closer to this wonderful environment.

The Recreation Management Plan for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park divides the Park into eight Recreational Character Areas to encourage recreation at the most appropriate locations and times. Click the link to view information and the Map of Recreation Character Areas. If well planned and managed, events need not conflict with the environment, residents, other users, or landowners.

The National Park is such a wild, scenic, wildlife diverse, and historic area that most of the coastline is protected in some way by national or international conservation designations and event organisers should make sure that their event does not cause damage or harm.  For example, many of the coastal cliffs are home to cliff nesting birds that are sensitive to disturbance during their breeding season. Much of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is valued as a place where visitors can enjoy the wild qualities of this special place in tranquil surroundings.

If your event takes place in areas, such as lakes, rivers, or the sea it is important to provide information on invasive species that could damage the aquatic environment.  You can help prevent the spread of invasive species by promoting programmes such as the Check, Clean, Dry campaign. For further information and resources got to www.nonnativespecies.org/checkcleandry.

All land in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is owned and managed to some degree. The land provides direct and indirect employment to a large number of people, mostly through farming. In planning an organised outdoor event, it is important to consider the potential impacts on activities such as lambing, harvesting and livestock grazing.  You should always seek specific guidance from the relevant landowner.

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