The different rocks that form the landscape of the National Park influence the soil that develops above. These soils have a different acidicity or ability to hold water and so encourage vegetation suited to those conditions. A variety of different grasslands have developed on these different soils.
Farming has been integral to creating and maintaining many of the ‘semi-natural grassland habitats’ which we value today for their biodiversity value.
For more information on grassland types and management see:
Plantlife: Saving Meadows Campaign.
Natural England: The Lowland Grassland Management Handbook contains lots of practical advice and information to download in separate sections.
Meadows and pastures in Wales information sheet.
RSPB: Produce a great deal of practical advice for farmers.
Explore the grassland and farmland habitats within the National Park by using the navigation bar on the left.