How are the commons managed?
The commons are managed by a range of methods:
- Grazing animals are the primary way in which vegetation of commons are kept cropped.
- Mechanical methods are required to control vegetation that is either not edible or less favoured by grazing livestock such as bracken and gorse.
- Controlled fire has been a traditional method of management of grass and heathland on commons for centuries. Fire burns and removes the dead and parts of the plant and rejuvinates the plant for the following growth season.
A combination of all the above methods help to conserve the landscape of Gower commons for agriculture, wildlife and recreation.