Agriculture on Bodorgan Estate
Agriculture underpins the fabric of the Estate with a
mixture of in-hand and tenanted farms. The island's milder climate
helps with earlier lambing and the predominance is for livestock over
cereals. That said increasing areas are being used to produce wheat,
barley and maize although sites close to the sea are affected by the salt.
The livestock bias means that large areas are down to permanent pasture
giving the overall patchwork of small grassland fields divided in many cases
by the original walls and providing corridors for wildlife. Within
many of the farms small water courses and ponds provide further habitats for
a wide range of species both indigenous and migratory. Much of the
farmland falls within the Llyn Coron NVZ although farming in this area is
generally low in inputs and is not dissimilar from upland farming.
Farms are generally small in size often less than 200 acres but usually
remain in the same families who often diversify and adapt to keep their
holdings viable. The lack of intensification overall is one of the
attractions of farming on Anglesey.
BEM Ltd and the Bodorgan Estate take part in various environmental initiatives: