The Anglesey Grazing Animals Partnership (AGAP)
The Anglesey Grazing Animals Partnership (AGAP) is a local grazing scheme working to link land of wildlife and conservation interest with graziers and farmers who can supply suitable grazing stock for the benefit of the wildlife, the landscape and the cultural heritage of Ynys Môn.
Established in 2008, AGAP has introduced and supported grazing on 16 sites across Anglesey totalling over 300 hectares. We can help farmers, organisations and landowners to establish sustainable grazing on wildlife-rich sites on Anglesey.
Produce from wildlife-rich sites is sold under the AGAP quality standard into local markets and in London. Farmers and producers are supported through the AGAP marketing scheme from field to plate. Produce is island born and bred, grazed to benefit wildlife, fed locally-sourced feed and prepared for sale on the island.
Why Grazing Matters
Careful and appropriate grazing of land can make the difference between wildlife thriving or disappearing completely. Ensuring that land is managed in the best possible way to be of benefit to wildlife means matching the right livestock with the right type of land at the right time. Both under- and over-grazing reduces the wildlife value of a habitat.
We need to design balanced grazing regimes which are tailor-made to encourage and enhance certain types of habitat for specific plants, animals, birds and insects.
Anglesey has a wide range of locally and nationally important habitats and species of plants, birds and animals which have already benefited from AGAP’s help. There are sixty SSSIs and over ninety other sites totalling more than 3,000 hectares of coastal heath, coastal grassland and fens which are home to 1,412 types of plants and a huge variety of wildlife.
The AGAP Quality Mark - A Chance To Buy Delicious Local Produce
AGAP livestock is grazed for the benefit of nature, in order to enhance local landscapes and habitats. Grazing on Anglesey’s heathland, wildflower meadows, coastal grassland, fen and saltmarsh is sustainable and also provides high-quality produce including beef, lamb, game, honey and wool.