From Conserving the Coastal Slopes to Conserving the Park
For many years the main problems facing Pembrokeshire’s coastline have been the two extremes of agricultural intensification on the one hand and neglect on the other. To tackle this problem effectively it was felt that a local initiative was needed to complement the national agri-environment scene to ‘fill the gaps’.
The project offered:
• grant-aid for site infrastructure
• management payments
• sourcing suitable grazing animals
• free practical assistance
This was all provided within a framework which addressed not just biodiversity issues, but also recreation and archaeology.
The scheme received a good response from farmers and resulted in a significant area of land coming back into sustainable management; cliff-tops and coastal slopes are becoming part of the working farm again.
• dense swathes of bracken and gorse have given way to a patchwork of habitats,
• more wildlife
• in places, coastal fences have been moved further inland to create a wider coastal corridor, bringing recreational and landscape benefits
Free practical assistance is provided to prepare a site for grazing
"Conserving the Park Scheme"
Following the success of coastal slopes scheme the NPA has incorporated the defining elements and broadened the scheme to tackle areas in the whole of the National Park. We have broadly named this project ‘Conserving the Park Scheme’, and the services offered now form the core work of the NPA’s Conservation Team.
We have a rolling programme of sustainable land management advice, guidance and practical assistance that has included 220+ sites covering 2500+ hectares since the scheme began. This advice and the guidelines can be found in the above Help for your wildlife on your land downloadable leaflets.
Our aim is to reinstate the network of wildlife friendly corridors and to manage and enlarge the key wildlife habitats that make up the circulation system of our countryside. This will give species the chance to establish larger, more sustainable populations, and to create new ones.
The idea therefore, is to optimise conditions for wildlife; however, wherever and whenever we can!