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Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Highland Cattle Become Conservationists at Parc Slip
So anyone out walking on the Nature Reserve recently may have noticed that we have employed the help of some
four-legged conservationists this month to help with the management of the
Two of our Highland Cattle- Dougal and Hamish
The ‘Lapwing Field’ at Parc Slip is now being grazed by Highland
cattle, owned by our local farmer, who often works with us to manage the nature
reserve. This breed is often used in conservation grazing due to their hardy
nature. The cattle will be improving the habitat for lapwing by grazing which
will create the short turf favoured by the species.
Lapwings are a bird that often frequent farmland and wetlands, named for their broad wings which are unmistakeable when the bird is in flight. The bird is also known as a ‘peewit’ in recognition of its robotic sounding call! When it comes to breeding, lapwings like short turf, which is where the Highland cattle come in.
Lapwing by Ian Rose
The lapwings will also
benefit from churned up areas of ground, which provide nesting sites, and the
manure which will provide insect food for the developing chicks.
It's lovely seeing the cattle on the nature reserve and we hope the lapwing will appreciate them too!