Warning about Rhododendron danger

Rhododendron Ponticum is poisonous to sheep. Credit: Snowdonia National Park Authority

Snowdonia National Park officers are asking farmers to be vigilant of their sheep around Rhododendron Ponticum as the snow thaws and signs of Spring emerge.

They say the green leaves of the invasive species are very appealing to sheep, especially when there's a food shortage on the ground.

Hungry sheep may eat the toxic plant. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

But the leaves can kill the animals.

The areas where the plant's common include Mawddwy, South and North of the Mawddach, Vale of Ffestiniog, the Glaslyn and Gwynant areas and Betws y Coed.