Conservation Grazers

Flowers in meadow

The loss of tradition flower rich hay meadows in Britain means that very few people will ever experience the thrill of running through wild flower fields and seeing it burst into life with all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures like butterflies, moths and grasshoppers.

Here at Dinefwr, we’ve have put a great deal of time and effort into the restoration of our traditional meadows in a bid to increase biodiversity at the site. By doing this we hope to bring something back which has largely disappeared throughout Britain, its estimated that around 98% of British hay meadows have been lost since the Second World War. 
 
We have the perfect tool for the job too - an ancient, traditional breed of cattle that just happen to be an icon of this special place.
 
The way our White Park Cattle graze the fields at Dinefwr is far more beneficial than any other grazing stock. Whereas sheep or horses will eat the grass until the fields resemble a golf course, which is not good for wildlife conservation, cattle use their tongue to rip up the vegetation, leaving tussocks of grass that provides habitat of bees and other pollinating insects.
 
Our hay is cut during the summer months and stored until the colder months when it is fed to our cattle as they head into our purpose built agricultural sheds for the winter.
 
The future of the herd at Dinefwr is crucial to the protection of our flower-rich haymeadows.