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People have mined the metals harboured within Parys Mountain since the Bronze Age. A mass of copper ore that was discovered in the late 1760’s prompted large scale mining, with yields so great that Amlwch came to dominate the world copper market for a decade. It became known as the ‘Copper Kingdom’. Even today, there is thought to be a reserve of about 6 million tonnes beneath the old mine workings. The dramatic, stony landscape appears barren, but it supports a variety of wildlife, including birds such as skylark, meadow pipit and chough. Plants that are able to tolerate high concentrations of copper and zinc are able to survive.