Category Archives: grazing

Carneddau Ponies at Carmel

Sensitive grazing is key to conservation management. Carmel Reserve’s unique mosaic of grassland, woodland and heath was created and can only be maintained by grazing. It can be tricky to get the right type of animals for the right length … Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Harriet Holloway: Farming and Wildlife

We are delighted to post a guest blog from Harriet Holloway who was our first conservation intern at The Grasslands Trust in 2010-11.   Harriet takes the credit for our online advice leaflets.   She says “I have always had a passion for … Continue reading

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Not Much Happening Yet

I look back on my previous blogs from the north east of England and notice that they claimed both that ‘spring was in the air’ and that we were  enjoying ‘hot weather’. However I also note my words of caution … Continue reading

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Carmel Reserve – Head to Head

And they’re off! Ty’r Eos Furyanna and Wessex AF120, head to head. For the last three winters the unimproved fields in the western section of Carmel National Nature Reserve have been grazed by Welsh mountain ponies. Ty’r Eos Furyanna, to … Continue reading

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Is this really Spring?

The last week of hot weather has been great – long days in the garden and even a few hours on the beach – we humans love it!  But what effect is it having on our wildlife?    I live … Continue reading

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On starlings, leatherjackets and bird watching

There can be few better examples of the power of public wildlife surveys than the RSPB/BTO Big Garden Birdwatch. Results out today show that 600,000 people took part this January – we did – did you? I was really surprised … Continue reading

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Getting around the cow-burp problem

Yesterday evening, we dined on free, ethical and carbon friendly meat, when a wood pigeon flew straight at one of our windows and with a loud bang crashed into our garden, with a broken neck. Last Autumn, the first one … Continue reading

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