The heathlands we work with have been maintained by hundreds of years of grazing mainly by cattle and ponies. These are wild and ancient places. The wet heathland commons around St Davids have been traditionally farmed for centuries. Local farms used their common land rights by grazing their livestock and cutting and burning the vegetation.

Today, places like Waun Fawr, Tretio Common and Dowrog are internationally important for their plant, bird and insect life. The habitats and species found here depend on our traditional farming activity, and the National Trust rangers work closely with us to help this to continue.


Pull on your wellies and take a closer look around Waun Fawr common on the edge of St Davids – you might see linnets flying overhead and flowering orchids and tiny wetland plants amongst the heathers and tussock grasses.


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