National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Beef on the Heath

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cattle on heathA small herd of Red Devon cows have been a regular sight on Godlingston Heath for a number of years. Their grazing controls invasive grasses and suppresses scrub growth that can out-compete the heather.
The countryside team have now extended their range to heathland on the east side of the ferry road, targeting the grazing by confining the cows within electric fences. Quite a challenge as the beasts already have a track record of making a break for freedom.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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