On the evening of 16th June 2015, about 16 members of PembsNTA gathered at St Justinians, for a stroll. It was good to welcome some new faces. Our walk was led by Andrew Tuddenham, the National Trust Manager for North Pembrokeshire. He wanted to show us Treheinif, farmland between Treginnis and St Justinians, acquired in 2006 by the NT, as part of Operation Neptune.
One of the trust’s first actions was the removal of an unsightly barn, giving improved vistas.
Much of the land is used for non intensive grazing. A smaller proportion is used for spring crops, with minimal use of chemicals. This stimulates the natural seed bank in the soil, and wild plants, that have become rare elsewhere due to herbicides, can still survive in this area.
Brown Banded Carder Bees, whose numbers are dwindling, have been seen at Treheinif. The edges to the fields are deliberately left scruffy, to the delight of linnets and goldfinches.
Footpaths have been opened up, across this farmland, allowing an inland short cut to Porthlysgi beach.
Following the walk, those feeling peckish enjoyed a meal at “The Bishops” at St David’s.
Report and photos by Andrew Weaver