National Trust and The Bug Farm team up for conservation grazing scheme

Welsh Black cattle on the heathland common
Published : 23 Jan 2017

An exciting partnership between the National Trust and Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm has seen new Welsh Black cattle introduced to Waun Fachelich common near St David’s.

The common, which we care for, has welcomed the Tyddewi herd as part of our conservation grazing programme in Pembrokeshire.

The farming initiative encourages cattle to graze heathland and enjoy a natural, grass-based diet, all whilst keeping the habitat in good condition.

Most of Pembrokeshire’s inland heathland is on wet ground, producing lush grassland where flowering plants thrive amongst the heathers. Without regular grazing, this habitat becomes overgrown and the heathers and flowers disappear.

Speaking about the collaboration, Andrew Williams, our newly appointed livestock ranger, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm on this scheme and welcome their Tyddewi herd to 40 acres of common.

“Conservation grazing on our heathlands helps maintain open vegetation that is healthier and richer for nature, and helps us safeguard special places like Waun Fachelich for ever, for everyone.”

Introducing the Tyddewi herd
The Tyddewi herd grazing

Dr Sarah Beynon added: “Here at The Bug Farm, we believe in science-led farming and conservation and this project ticks all the boxes for us. 

“We are passionate about adding value to quality, sustainably produced Welsh livestock and ensuring that consumers have the knowledge to reflect that added value in the food choices they make.

“Welsh Blacks, our hardy, native breed of Wales, are perfect as conservation grazers for land of high wildlife value. 

“They thrive on rough, species-rich, low-nutrient forage and the meat they produce is of a superb quality. 

“Their calm nature and relaxed disposition to life makes them perfect for common land where they are likely to see walkers, dogs and horse riders. 

“We look forward to developing this partnership with the National Trust in the future and working with Grub Kitchen at The Bug farm to promote our own heathland beef.”