Shepherds Meadow is located in the Cwmafon Valley between Pontypool and Blaenavon in South Wales. I acquired the land in 2017 with a view to setting up a small wildlife conservation area. Site visits to Shepherds Meadow are being planned for the future.
Covering a total area of around three acres, Shepherds Meadow comprises an acre of pasture land and roughly two acres of sloped woodland scrub and more open areas preserved for their floral interest.
The woodland and wildflower area is managed sympathetically by hand and with the use of the Garn-clochdy flock of Hebridean and Castlemilk Moorit sheep as part of my conservation project.
Wildflower surveys at Shepherds Meadow have been carried out by professional botanists, while there is a rich diversity of other natural history at the meadow also.
Bird life recorded includes: Spotted Flycatcher, Buzzard, Peregrine, Tawny Owl, Jay, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Bullfinch and many others. The birds are fed at the meadow during the winter months and a small hide is planned for the future. There are good populations of butterflies and moths, plus slow worms and common frogs are present.
It’s early days yet and new species are being added all the time.
If you are interested in visiting Shepherds Meadow please get in touch.