The water buffalo have returned for anoter summer grazing the Teifi Marshes nature reserve. Five adult female buffalo arrived last week and will be here until the autumn.
Water buffalo are fantastic conservation grazers and do a very important job for wildlife. Unlike cattle or ponies water buffalo love getting their feet wet and wallowing in pools on the marsh. They keep down invasive plants like willow scrub and reed mace and the pools they create for wallowing provide excellent habitat for damselflies, dragonflies, frogs, toads and newts. These in turn provide an important food source for our resident otters and for birds such as egrets and herons.
People and wildlife officer Nia Stephens said “”The buffalo can easily be seen from the otter hide on the wetland trail and sometimes from the main visitor car park. Visitors should be aware that the fence around the buffalo enclosure is an electric fence and care should be taken especially with children and dogs.”