Cwm Ivy is a beautiful site with an interesting back story. The area was claimed for farmland during the 17th Century by a strong sea wall that kept the tide at bay. Back in 2014, the sea wall was breached, presenting the National Trust Wales with the opportunity to study the restoration of the land from farmland and freshwater marsh, back into salt marsh.
Changes were seen almost immediately, with grasses and trees dying back and new species re-establishing. Now, five years on, the salt marsh is fully functioning and supports a huge range of birds, insects, mammals including otters and is absolutely teeming with wildlife!
The site also provides a home for specialist and rare species such as the narrow-mouthed whorl snail.
This small herd of grazing ponies from Torcoed Welsh Mountain Ponies helps to keep the habitats rich in wildlife, by controlling scrub and invasive Spartina grass and maintaining a fantastic range of flowering plants throughout the year.
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