Beautiful Pembrokeshire wins prestigious Holiday Destination of the Year award16th March 2018
2018 has brought with it a number of good news stories for Pembrokeshire, with our beautiful county winning the prestigious BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Holiday Destination of the Year award and the National Trust announcing a new fund designed to preserve our precious wildlife.
The county emerged as a content for the award having come through a process of intense scrutinisation by a panel of expert judges and saw off some stiff competition from across the UK to win the accolade.
Competition Judge Miranda Krestovnikoff said of the county: “Wildlife, wildlife, wildlife. Plus stunning coastline, incredible birdlife, beautiful beaches – just wall to wall wonder”, whilst the publication has praised our inviting beaches and wild coastline that offers cetacean spotting from Strumble Head, puffins in Skomer and Britain’s smallest city in historic St David’s.
On announcing Pembrokeshire as the winner of the Holiday Destination of the year award 2018 Countryfile added: “We love that the beaches are less crowded than Devon and Cornwall but the wildlife is no less spectacular with choughs, puffins and cetaceans to see offshore.
“The coastal path is a joy to walk and there are so many great places to eat local and seasonal produce. A worthy winner!”
We know how stunning the diverse landscape of Pembrokeshire is and it’s great to see such a popular publication recognising the outstanding holiday opportunities that our county offers.
County receives fund to preserve beautiful coastal habitats and encourage wild life growth
There is also exciting news as fifty hectares of the county’s beautiful coastal habitat has been the recipient of a new investment fund for an extensive conservation project.
The People’s Postcode Lottery have delivered the National Trust with a £40,000 windfall to improve the condition of grasslands and coastal heath habitats that across the north of the county – a venture that will hopefully bring benefit to an array of the unique wildlife within the county.
It is hoped that the fund can improve the amount of grazing land available around the coast, something that will deliver value for a number of animals, such as the rare coastal-dwelling bird the chough.
Speaking on the news, the National Park’s north Pembrokeshire countryside manager Mark Underhill commented: “Grazing of the coastal slopes is a traditional farming practice that is critical to create the conditions where wonderful wildflowers like sea thrift, sea campion and kidney vetch thrive, and where chough can feed.
“Without grazing, especially with cattle, coarser grasses and shrubs like blackthorn and gorse dominate and we lose the fantastic displays of coastal flowers.
“This means we can continue to have the benefits of the display of wildflowers and rich grasslands which are home to other wildlife like insects and birds that feed on the flowers and seeds.”
The future success of the project will hopefully encourage the county’s beautiful wildlife to flourish over the next few years, meaning ever more natural beauty will be available for your next visit to the county!
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