Grazer of the Week 23rd August; Angharad the Highland

Angharad Highland Cow Coity Wallia Commons Pont cymruAngharad the Highland Cow, this weeks’ Grazer of the Week, grazes at Coity Wallia Commons.

Part of the herd from Woolies, Wellies and Wine, Angharad is a 4 year old heifer. Coity Wallia Commons is a large area of land (over 1,000 hectares) north of Bridgend, south Wales. The area stretches from Sarn to Pencoed and back to Blackmill and Glynogwr.

A recent project run by PONT Cymru collaborated with the Coity Wallia Commons Association to help improve the habitat of the commons. Undergrazing had led to overgrowth of invasive bracken, rush and gorse. Mechanical intervention such as bracken rolling took place, which allowed grazing livestock to return to the commons. Grazing intensity is balanced between undergrazed and overgrazed habitats by shepherding and the use of mineral licks

highlands coity wallia commons pont cymruAngharad and her herd are grazing areas of lowland acidic heath and grassland. They manage for invasive molinia grass, rush and gorse.

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