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 that is very rare across the UK. It can be found at acid bogs and wet heath sites in Anglesey. At sites such as this where a particular rare flower is being conserved, ponies are a good choice for grazers as they will not target the flowers.
The aim of the Cwlwm Seiriol project is to reconnect people to the natural environment within the Seiriol Ward in the south-east corner of Anglesey. The project combines aspects of countryside management, farming, education and welfare to create and strengthen the link between communities and local green spaces. The project is being funded through the National Lottery Community Fund and the Welsh Government. The delivery partners are Menter Mon, Coed Cymru and PONT (Pori, Natur a Threftadaeth – Grazing, Nature and Heritage).
Find out more about the ponies for Cwlwm Seiriol at this section of our website.