The rough field between the east pond and the central bridleway is an area of rough grassland and scrub. The area was created following opencast coal mining of the area and since then the western end of the pond has been fenced to enable grazing to be introduced.
The area is valuable for waders both in breeding season and also during the winter months. The grazing keeps areas of grass open but the levels also allow patches of longer grass, rushes and some scrub. These longer areas are valuable for young birds to hide from predators. The area has been kelp much more open since the sheep were introduced in about 2010.
Most of the time there is a small flock of Soay sheep in the field providing gentle year-round grazing.