Ecological Planning & Research
Natural Greenspace Team
We have considerable experience of grazing as a traditional management technique, and manage a herd of Dexter cattle for conservation grazing.
Grazing is the most natural, beneficial and sustainable way to restore, manage and, ultimately, sustain species-rich grasslands. The benefits to biodiversity of grazing include:
- Control of the development of scrub;
- Preventing the development of rank species-poor swards;
- Creating structural diversity via nutrient reduction and selective grazing; and
- Providing an essential small scale mosaic of bare ground patches for the establishment and regeneration of species.
As well as providing biodiversity benefits grazing can also be very attractive economically, as costs are typically far lower than those associated with intensive management, such as mowing, and the animals themselves also have an economic value.
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