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National Park project connects tourism to nature

Seven Pembrokeshire businesses with a passion for wildlife have improved visitor experiences and biodiversity on their properties by carrying out conservation projects as part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Naturally Connected pilot project.

Each participating business received an ecological survey of their land along with an ecological report, which recommended options that could enhance their land and buildings for wildlife, such as tree and meadow planting, installing dormouse boxes and hedge laying.

Otter holt at Tyriet Farm - Naturally Connected Project

Volunteers at Tyriet Farm and Brandy Brook improve visitor experiences as part of the SDF funded Naturally Connect pilot project.

The National Park Authority’s Biodiversity Officer Sarah Mellor said: “It’s been inspiring working with businesses that are keen to take action to help wildlife right on their doorstep.

“Each final report also included information on wildlife sites and experiences within the immediate locality of the business, altogether forming an ideal information pack which could be shared directly with visitors.”

Participating businesses across the county included Manorbier Youth Hostel, Tyriet Farm (Bluestone Brewery), Brandy Brook Camping, Penrhiw Hotel, Picton Castle, Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park and May Cottage.

At Tyriet Farm volunteers built an otter holt, while at Brandy Brook camping trees were planted and hedges layed. Penrhiw Hotel improved their hay meadow with yellow rattle seeds, Picton Castle celebrated their meadow with a new intereptation board and Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park received equipment and training to run river and pond dipping sessions to visitors.

Martin Allen at Manorbier Youth Hostel said: “The report helped us to realise we could promote interesting wildlife right on our doorstep as well as the big ticket items such as islands and boat trips.”

Naturally Connected, which came to a successful conclusion last month, was funded by the Sustainable Development Fund, which is administered by the National Park Authority and funded by the Welsh Government.

For more information on the fund and how to apply, visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/sdf.

Published 20 April 2018


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