We have an unusual Grazer of the Week this week! This is Gwenda the Gloucestershire Old Spot pig!
Gwenda and a friend graze an area of scrubby meadow at Pengelli Forest in Pembrokeshire. This is part of the largest block of ancient oak woodland in West Wales. The pigs have been conservation grazing on the nature reserve for the last five years. They work on a 1.6 acre area to prevent bracken, bramble, gorse and other scrubby species from spreading.
This area of the woods is important for its’ population of bluebells and bastard balm. The pigs help to prevent the scrub from becoming dominant here.
For many centuries, Pengelli was a working woodland. The woodland was owned and described in detail in Elizabethan times by the noted Pembrokeshire historian George Owen. Pigs, sheep and cattle used to graze the undergrowth, whilst the local people harvested wood for various uses. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales now maintains the woodland for wildlife.
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Contact us if you have a site that needs conservation grazing.