Merthyr Mawr Conservation Project

19 July 2023

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Merthyr Mawr Estate is taking a new step towards the conservation of their Merthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve in Bridgend, having recently put in place a new management (S16) agreement with Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The area is an extensive dune system designated a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest for its rare habitats and species.

The agreement establishes a collaborative arrangement whereby the Estate will directly manage the reserve, and they have hired a new warden to assist with this. NRW will continue to monitor, advise and assist with conservation priorities such as conservation grazing, ecosystem management and invasive species control.
This is a significant milestone, as it is one of the largest s16 agreements in Wales, encompassing a large geographical area. The partnership between Merthyr Mawr Estate and NRW will allow for the implementation of innovative conservation strategies and the maintenance of the reserves natural beauty.

Rhian Howells, Associate with Cooke & Arkwright’s Land Agency department said “a lot of work from all parties has gone into putting this new management arrangement in place, and we hope it will ensure that this unique dune system is protected and enjoyed by both wildlife and visitors for many generations to come.”

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