Grazing benefits

Whilst we appreciate the problems that livestock constitute on areas where footpaths pass through we have constraints laid on us by governing bodies in the way our land is managed.  We endeavour to minimise the effects where practically possible.

One of these is the requirement to graze the land between defined dates plus topping marshes to control adverse plant growth.

This is also beneficial to wildlife and plants.  

This is an extract from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust August newsletter.

Grazing sheep, cattle and ponies are our unsung heroes of conservation, keeping habitats ideal for wildlife on more than 2,400 hectares of nature reserve across Norfolk. We are now launching a special one-year appeal to support strategic conservation grazing, so that we can increase its impact and protect even more habitats and species.

We graze on 46 of our nature reserves, with more than 1,300 animals. We have our own flock of more than 1,000 sheep, plus 99 Dartmoor ponies, 39 Konik ponies and a recent addition,15 British White cattle. A further 200 cattle are brought onto our grazing marshes each summer by 29 external graziers. 

Read more about our conservation grazing

Photos of nesting

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