Project blog: Reviving Pembrokeshire’s coastal slopes

Project
Pony grazing the St David's Peninsula landscape

Conservation jackpot

We've been lucky enough to receive £40,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to improve the condition of 50 hectares of important maritime grasslands and coastal heath habitats in North Pembrokeshire to benefit a range of wildlife.

Our project is focused on restoring coastal management and reintroducing conservation grazing to a number of sites along 60 miles of coastline that we care for in Pembrokeshire.

Go behind-the-scenes

Go behind-the-scenes with the North Pembrokeshire team and find out more about the work that we've been doing as part of the conservation project. Here you'll find regular updates from ranger James Roden.

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09 Jul 18

Meadow monitoring at Treseisyllt

The coastal grasslands at Treseisyllt, on the North Pembrokeshire coast, are incredibly diverse.

We have recently been carrying out our annual monitoring of these meadows and they are looking fantastic; full of colour, brimming with bees and butterflies, with the constant song of skylarks overhead.

In order to secure the future of these important grasslands, through support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we will renew over one mile of fencing along the coast in the autumn, so we are able to continue grazing this area appropriately with cattle and sheep.

The Wales Coastal Path meanders through this area, so be sure to visit while the flowers are out in bloom.

A close-up of a meadow

26 Jun 18

New fencing for Sheepfields

We have completed our second piece of work thanks to support received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery!

Three fields on the coast above Little Haven, known as the Sheepfields, have been fenced for the first time allowing grazing to return to the site. The wildflower meadows here are already of a high quality, with a range of flora species including hundreds of southern marsh orchids.

However, due to the lack of fencing, this site has not been grazed for a number of years, and so scrub and willow had begun to encroach into the meadow. Now the fencing has been completed we can manage the site more appropriately by reintroducing sheep to the site over the winter. Access to the site is good with footpaths across the meadows, only a couple of minutes’ walk from Little Haven.

A close-up of the new fencing

13 Jun 18

Guided walk and talk

We enjoyed hosting a guided walk at Treseisyllt for Pembrokeshire National Trust Association.

Mark, our Countryside Manager, talked about our plans for the land and how the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery is instrumental in improving the management of the coastal habitats here.

We were also joined by our new licensees, Ian and Nia, who chatted about their nature-friendly farming values.

Walkers at Treseisyllt