Upland areas are scarce in southern Britain, and the Brecon Beacons form an important link between the isolated uplands of Dartmoor and Exmoor in south west England and the more extensive uplands of Snowdonia and northern England.
The uplands of the Brecon Beacons play an important role in the distribution of freshwater in South Wales. The Rivers Usk, Monnow, Nedd and Tawe all start on the upland habitats of the Brecon Beacons. As our climate changes, the management of this land will play a critical role in whether rivers flood or run dry.
For more information on upland habitats see Mountains in Wales.
Use the navigation bar on the left to find out more about upland habitats in the National Park.