With only one horn, Gavin the Herdwick-breed ram cuts a striking figure at Parc Farm. Since arriving on the farm in November he's been in with 70 Herdwick ewes. Farmer Dan Jones will find out in February how successful Gavin has been at siring the next generation of sheep who'll help Dan, Plantlife and us look after rare nature habitats on the Orme. Meet Gavin the Ram.
Wildlife and farming on the Great Orme
Perched on top of the Great Orme, near Llandudno, the views from Parc Farm take in Snowdonia and the Irish Sea.
We bought the 145-acre farm in 2015. It came with grazing rights for the wider Great Orme, which is home to plants found nowhere else on earth.
Farmer Dan Jones, has taken on the sheep farm with a dream location for an annual rent of just £1. We decided to offer the farm at such a low rent, to support the tenant to farm in a way that protected its rare resident wildlife.
Using traditional shepherding methods, Dan will contend with the Great Orme’s difficult terrain, eventually managing a flock of over 400 Lleyn sheep.
He'll also be welcoming the estimated 600,000 visitors who come to the headland every year.
Careful grazing on the farm and the 720 acre coastal headland will help protect rare plants like spiked speedwell, found at only a handful of sites in the UK. Plantlife have bought Dan's new 400-strong sheep flock.
Dan is joined on the farm by his wife Ceri and son Efan. Their newly restored farmhouse is a 200 metre commute to the farmyard.
19 Jan 17
Meet Gavin the Ram
08 Nov 16
Farmer Dan Jones moves onto the farm
Dan Jones and his family have moved onto the 145-acre Parc Farm. The Great Orme is an unforgiving place to farm, but by carefully shepherding his flock of 400 native-breed sheep Dan will help boost rare plant's on the coastal headland. Read more about the challenges facing farmer Dan.
07 Nov 16
Dr Trevor Dines: five rare Great Orme plants
The Great Orme is one of the top sites for rare plants in Britain. Plantlife's Dr Trevor Dines shares his top five rare flowers to look out for on the Orme. Find out what to spot.