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Lichfield District Council uses cows help keep Chasewater heathland under control

Cows grazing in Chasewater Country Park

Cows grazing in Chasewater Country Park

Cows are being introduced to Chasewater Country Park to help keep the heathland under control.

The four cows, including three Aberdeen Angus-British Friesian and one Belgian Blue-British Friesian animals, were released onto Chasewater on April 18, and are settling in well to their new home.

A local farmer has once again kindly loaned the cows to Lichfield District Council.

The animals will help the District Council’s Countryside Team to manage the heathland by grazing on the vegetation, which if left unattended would revert back into woodland. Heathland habitats support a huge variety of nature, including many rare species. Grazing helps maintain the special features of heathland, such as limited scrub, small shrubs and patches of bare ground.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:

“We’re pleased the cows are back on the site and we hope visitors will come and take a look at them. Please help us protect the cows by contacting Lichfield District Council on 01543 308000 if you see any problems.”

In September, the cattle will be moved to a small area of heathland near the Sailing Club.

The presence of cows on Chasewater does not mean the area is out of bounds to visitors. The footpaths through the grazing areas are still open to everyone, but visitors are advised to keep a reasonable distance from the cows and not to feed them. Walkers are also urged to keep dogs under close control when near the livestock, as required by the Countryside Code.

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1 Comment

  1. Pete

    3rd May, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I hope they keep the gates in good order, some are already damaged / not locking properly