Pumlumon LL Bugeilyn, cpt Montgomeryshire WT
aiming to guide a major change in the way the land is managed
The landscapes surrounding Pumlumon are breathtaking, not only for their raw natural beauty but for their wide horizons and sense of space. However, like most of the uplands across Wales, intensive land use activities have resulted in a significant loss of biodiversity, with many of the habitats being either lost or degraded to poor condition.
Our vision is to work with local people to guide a major change in the way the land is managed, to create a more varied landscape that is rich in wildlife and to give the local communities a better future.
The Pumlumon Living Landscape scheme is about changing the way we manage the countryside in the uplands to make sure the natural environment is as healthy as possible. This work will also help bring money into the area from tourism and will help create new jobs and new skills. We will work with local people and communities so that they are involved with the plans and so that we can protect and respect the local heritage.
Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane
Re-wetting bogs. By blocking ditches on drained upland peat bogs allowing them to re-wet, we can improve their condition, create new areas for wildlife and help slow down climate change.
Connecting existing habitats. By creating links between the natural habitats, the plants and animals have room to move and thrive again.
Flood water management. A healthy bog can hold enormous quantities of water like a giant sponge, releasing water slowly into the rivers and helping to prevent floods. By changing the management of the bogs we can help them to hold more water.
Biodiversity Action Plans. An Action Plan has been drafted of each of these bogs to aid their recovery. Drawing on these biodiversity action plans we will target specific work to help the most threatened plants, habitats and animals in the Pumlumon area, ensuring that the wildlife is richer and healthier.
Local Grazing Scheme The area is mostly grazed by sheep resulting in vast areas of very short turf and tufts of coarse grasses that are not of great value for wildlife. By introducing more cattle, and by varying the times the animals graze and the number of animals on each area, we can create a varied landscape with more diverse habitats and a richer wildlife
Habitat restoration and creation. Some of the habitats in the Pumlumon area have become so damaged that they have almost lost their wildlife interest. Using a mixture of traditional farming techniques and new and exciting technologies, we can restore the damaged habitats
Access and tourism. We will be making it much easier for people to access the area’s natural heritage.
Community work. It is important to involve local communities in the work of the Pumlumon Project. We will create an environmental 'task force' and provide training for volunteers.
Monitoring. This will give us information about whether the work we are doing is successful and will show us ways to improve the project.
Scheme area: 40,000 hectares
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Current threats to the landscape
Intensive land use, over-grazing leading to soil compaction and increased flooding of lowland areas
This scheme is also...
Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, reducing flood risk, storing carbon, improving access for people, encouraging green tourism, providing skills training and environmental education, producing local food.
Environment Agency Wales, Forestry Commission Wales, Countryside Council for Wales.