What is the project doing and why?

  • Many areas of the commons have become over run with invasive bracken, rush and gorse, while some of the wet areas of meadow and fen have become rank and difficult for livestock to graze
  • Mechanical intervention over the next three years will reduce the extent and density of invasive plant species by:
    • Rolling bracken
    • Cutting and weed wiping rush
    • Cutting gorse
    • Cutting and collecting rank grassland and fen vegetation
  • This work will open up these areas to grazing livestock, allowing the diverse grassland and fen habitats and their associated species to return
  • Grazing intensity will be balanced between undergrazed and overgrazed habitats by shepherding and the use of mineral licks
  • Cattle and pony grazing will be encouraged on areas of wet grassland
  • Maintaining the traditional practice of grazing livestock on the commons, especially cattle and ponies, is essential for keeping the grassland, wet meadow and fen habitats in favourable condition for the long term
  • In addition, areas of ancient woodland will be sympathetically managed to increase their biodiversity value
  • Working in partnership with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, controlled burning for habitat management will be facilitated
  • Damage caused by illegal off-road activities will be reduced by working in partnership with South Wales Police
  • Community engagement and education will be a major focus, by encouraging the participation of individuals and local groups and by working with local schools

Section 42 habitat & species targets

 

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