Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales is the largest Welsh Government Sponsored Body -

employing 1,900 staff across Wales with a budget of £180 million.

Formed in April 2013, largely taking over the functions of the Countryside

Council for Wales, Forestry Commission Wales and the Environment Agency in

Wales, as well as certain Welsh Government functions.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Adviser: principal adviser to Welsh Government, and adviser to industry
  • and the wider public and voluntary sector, and communicator about
  • issues relating to the environment and its natural resources
  • Regulator: protecting people and the environment including marine,
  • forest and waste industries, and prosecuting those who breach the
  • regulations that we are responsible for
  • Designator: for Sites of Special Scientific Interest – areas of particular
  • value for their wildlife or geology, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • (AONBs), and National Parks, as well as declaring National Nature Reserves
  • Responder: to some 9,000 reported environmental incidents a year as a
  • Category 1 emergency responder
  • Statutory consultee: to some 9,000 planning applications a year
  • Manager/Operator: managing seven per cent of Wales’ land area including
  • woodlands, National Nature Reserves, water and flood defences,
  • and operating our visitor centres, recreation facilities, hatcheries
  • and a laboratory
  • Partner, Educator and Enabler: key collaborator with the public,
  • private and voluntary sectors, providing grant aid, and helping a
  • wide range of people use the environment as a learning resource;
  • acting as a catalyst for others’ work
  • Evidence gatherer: monitoring our environment, commissioning
  • and undertaking research, developing our knowledge, and
  • being a public records body
  • Employer: of almost 1,900 staff, as well as supporting other
  • employment through contract work


General enquiries

Call us on 0300 065 3000 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)


Write to us at

Natural Resources Wales
Customer Care Centre
Ty Cambria
29 Newport Rd
CF24 0TP

Report an environmental incident

To report an environmental incident, call 0300 065 3000 (option 1) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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