Monuments at Risk Survey
Cadw’s field monument wardens have been monitoring the condition of Wales’ scheduled monuments since 1985. They are Cadw’s first points of contact with the owners and occupiers of sites. During their five-yearly visits to scheduled monuments, the field monument wardens assess the improvement/deterioration of sites, distribute literature, provide management plans and environmental advice and address queries and problems.
The field monument warden monitoring system, which has provided 25 years of data published in county reports and pan-Wales summaries, has now been enhanced to support a Monuments at Risk Survey. The survey will create a robust evidence base to inform the protection and conservation of the historic environment in Wales, as set out in the objectives of the Welsh Government and wider legislative frameworks.
The determination of the risk level of a monument will be based on the assessment of current condition, the trend of condition and vulnerability to various threats. Information on monitoring and evaluation, made available to the public via an annual return, will raise the public profile of scheduled monuments.
The survey will be undertaken in partnership with other organisations. Coordinated aerial survey will be undertaken by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW). Monuments at risk data will be made available to the RCAHMW and the Welsh archaeological trusts to inform decisions prioritising survey and excavation.