by pontcymru11 months ago Species in Focus; Chough The chough is a member of the crow family, distinctive from others thanks to its red legs and beak. The chough has a slightly shyer nature than other crows. They can be seen from the Wales Coast Path performing aerial acrobatics and calling with their distinctive call. The choughs preferred habitat is grazed cliffs and heathland. In past centuries, sheep, cattle and ponies would have grazed the cliffs all year round, keeping vegetation short and open, providing perfect conditions for chough to find a supply of insects such as cranefly larvae, dung beetles and ants [RSPB].
by pontcymru11 months ago RESPONSIBLE USE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE DURING LOCKDOWN The farming community is under added strain from misuse of farmland as playgrounds, parks and even BBQ sites during lockdown (NNFU Cymru. We have received reports of misuse of footpaths through farmland with little regard shown for social distancing. Our farmers are working hard to feed the country and do not need the added pressure now. We will only get through this crisis period by working together and staying at home. Please show consideration for the farming community during this time. Use footpaths in a respectful manner and respect social distancing rules. Diolch
by pontcymru11 months ago We are sending a huge message of thanks and support to our farmers in this worrying time. They are still out there working hard to feed our nation, often despite being ill themselves or with restraints caused by the current situation. Diolch yn fawr. Thank you all, we are behind you every step of the way. #welshfarmers#farming#farmingwales#thankyou
by pontcymru11 months ago ''Grazing animals help remove “fuel” from the forest floor and create natural breaks in woodland. ... People involved in EU land use policy are starting to recognise the importance of farming and forestry: agroecology and agroforestry have been identified as key sustainable agricultural practices in the European Green Deal, which commits at least 40% of the common agricultural policy budget to climate action. ... “In terms of agroforestry I think there’s an increasing appetite for integrated land management. In the context of Brexit there are more opportunities for it, too, which will also improve biodiversity, carbon storage, windbreaks and reduce