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 II
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm was set up in St Davids in 2013. Phase I of the project is to establish an education and outreach programme on the importance of insects and to undertake scientific research in connection with breeding dung beetles for key ecosystems services. This Phase II project will enable the enterprise to develop into a farm delivering conservation through research, innovation and education. It is the next step towards overall development of the Bug Farm and includes the purchase of a farmsted site in St Davids so that the Bug Farm has a permament base that will enable expansion of the enterprise to meet demand. After purchase, two traditional buildings will be renovated into a laboratory/interpretative centre and a controlled temperature dung beetle breeding room with a public viewing gallery. A wheelchair-accessible compost toilet will also be built. These facilities will allow development into an internationally renowned research station, an education resource for residents and tourists and provide a wet weather tourist attraction. The project also aims to restore lowland heath habitat on the farm, creating a linked corridor between two habitats of national importance for biodiversity, i.e. between Dowrog Common Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and St Davids Airfield (SSSI).It also provides a unique research opportunity into species movements and colonisation of previously isolated habitat patches through conservation grazing on the farm and Dowrog Common. Overall, the funding will provide the infrastructure to develop the Bug Farm into an internationally-renowned research station, facilitate innovative, world-class research on ecosystem services provided by wildlife and the future of sustainable food production. The public interpretative centre at the Bug Farm will then disseminate this innovative research to the residents of, and visitors to, Pembrokeshire, whilst the creation of the habitat corridor delivers conservation in action.
Project Total Cost: £563,869.00
Grant Awarded: £107,500.00