OPEN FARM SUNDAY EVENT – this would be well worth attending. Ruth Watkins is an excellent naturalist who has been managing her meadows for wildlife for may years. I’m sure this will be an exemplary site and Ruth is very knowledgeable.
Postcode: SA19 9TH
Telephone: 01550 740660
Time of event: 11am to 4 pm
Date of event: Sunday 7th June
Event highlights: Hosted farm tour; Self guided walks
Event Description: 2 farm walks, one at an easy level and one that is quite difficult as the ground is uneven and boggy. They will both show visitors the types of field on a traditional Welsh upland farm. I plan to have guided walks, or you can follow signs and map for an unguided walk.
The traditional farm had fields that were either ‘dry’ or ‘wet’- the ‘wet’ fields are marshy grassland, wet heath and fen meadow. There used to be an arable acre but this is now part of a ‘dry’ field. The wet fields that remain are a tiny remnant of what used to exist in this landscape, with their biodiverse native flora and those on my farm are now an SSSI.
June 7th is quite early in the season for these upland wet pastures that produce a sequence of flowering plants all summer long. But there will be flowers out such as Heath Spotted Orchids and Meadow thistle.
There are several ponds in the Gwaun Pwll field where children can do supervised pond dipping.
Entrance and parking will be free. There will be tea and biscuits available. I will provide a sheet with a map of the walks and an outline of management of the fields and a list of the flowers that you can find. You are welcome to take photographs. But please do not bring your dog.
There is no need to book but if you would like to email me to confirm directions please do:
The farm is situated in the Western end of the Brecon Beacons National Park, about 5 miles south of Llangadog and 1 mile off the road to Brynaman the A4069.