Category Archives: Conservation Grazing

Habitat in Focus; Peat Bog

Peat bog is one of Wales’ priority habitats. A typical habitat of our uplands, peat bog/ blanket bog is typified by a thick base layer of peat which supports bog-mosses, heathers and cotton-grasses. The acidic nature of peat leads to an interesting matrix of plant species, including bog asphodel and insectivorous

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Grazer of the Week February: Dewi the Carneddau

Dewi is grazing at Penrhoslligwy Heath on Anglesey with another 4 ponies, as part of the Cwlwm Seiriol project. The site is designated and has a great display of marsh gentians in September so we graze it now to encourage them to flower and seed. Marsh gentian is a bright-blue/ purple, trumpet-shaped flower

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Species in Focus; Lesser Horseshoe Bat

One of the smallest British mammals, the lesser horseshoe bat is approximately the size of a plum and weighs 4 to 9.5 grams. It is one of only two bats in the UK that stereotypically hang upside down! They hunt close to the ground and will often pick prey off obstacles

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Nature’s Feed Store

A guest blog from Carol Hughes of Equi-Biome New Year’s Resolution – Reduce the bagged feed and balancer, replace with wild plants and herbs! Gut bacteria provide important functions, especially in early life, providing training of the immune system, metabolism and synthesis of vitamins. The relationship between the gut bacteria and

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Habitat in Focus; Ffridd

Ffridd habitat is an upland habitat, defined as the fringe between more intensively managed upland fields and the open mountain habitats, at altitudes between 100m and 450m [2]. It can include a matrix of different habitats including heath, acid grassland, bog, bracken, rocky outcrops and trees. Generally ffridd habitat has remained

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Grazer of the Month January; Esther the Welsh Mule

Our Grazer of the Month this week is Esther the Welsh Mule (with the black face), who grazes at Kenfig National Nature Reserve. She is three years old and due to lamb twins this month. Kenfig NNR is a SSSI sand dune system with Glamorgan’s largest natural lake. It is one

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