The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm: Phase I
Dr Beynon's Bug Farm is a brand-new venture based in St Davids. The Bug Farm combines:- (1)'Dung Beetles Direct' (DBD): an innovative initiative breeding dung beetles to supply to farmers/horse-owners to deliver key ecosystem services including removal of dung from pasture and (2)education and outreach on the importance of insects. SDF support has been secured to contribute towards starting up the education and outreach programme, scientific research essential to the success of ‘Dung Beetles Direct’, and to disseminate knowledge and raise awareness of the importance of dung beetles in a sustainable ecosystem. The education and outreach programme will include expert led bug safaris, across land in St Davids, on Ramsey Island and beyond. Participants will learn about the importance of insects and their roles in our sustainable future. The research element of the project will include a study to map the genetic diversity of dung beetle species to ensure that only the correct species are bred and released, preventing genetic dilution of wild populations and to test beetles for transmissible livestock diseases. This is the first, essential phase of a much bigger overall project vision which is to sustainably develop the Bug Farm activities into a research station and educational facility.
Project Total Cost: £25,474.00
Grant Awarded: £10,727.00