Working in partnership at Treen Cliff

Bluebells on Treen Cliff

Treen Cliff is part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is an important site for maritime grassland and heathland. Treryn Dinas, a scheduled monument, is a cliff castle on the edge of the coast here.

We work in partnership with our tenant farmer on Treen Cliff who has a Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England. This means that they manage the cliff sensitively to enhance its wildlife value and protect Treryn Dinas cliff castle. 

Natural England’s current assessment is that the land is in an unfavourable condition, but recovering.  We hope to have it favourable by 2020.

The plan

Through the Higher Level Stewardship agreement, significant scrub clearance has been carried out which in turn has allowed the tenant’s four Dartmoor ponies to break into new areas and graze, keeping the vegetation under control. 

The tenant will be bracken-rolling and using electric fencing to target specific grazing, to maintain the benefits that have been gained so far. 

Our rangers will install two sets of gates and a bridge and purchase a water bowser to gain better control of the current grazing management.  By allowing certain areas to be sectioned off, any damage to the monument will be avoided when conditions are unsuitable for grazing and the tenant will be able to reduce or increase the grazing on specific areas of the cliff as required.

Latest news

Natural England have agreed to fund the additional works and water bowser. This will be paid for as part of the Higher Level Stewardship agreement.