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More cattle begin grazing at Chasewater Country Park

More cattle have begun grazing on heathland at Chasewater Country Park.

The three Limousin/Dutch Holstein crosses are settling in well to their new home on Beachy Heath as part of a plan to manage the conservation of the area.

A Limousin/Dutch Holstein cross at Chasewater

A Limousin/Dutch Holstein cross at Chasewater

During the break from grazing while repairs were made to Chasewater’s dam, Lichfield District Council’s countryside team took the opportunity to expand the grazing area and improve the field’s fences, gates and water troughs in preparation for the animals.

The cattle, which have been loaned to the council by a local farmer, are now grazing the heathland and helping to maintain the landscape. By grazing on tree shoots, brambles, bracken, and other scrub, the cattle help to preserve the precious and rare heathland habitat.

Councillor Alan White said: “As it is home to many rare plants and animals, we have a duty to make sure Chasewater Country Park’s areas of heathland are managed properly. Heathland was traditionally maintained by grazing stock, and so bringing back cattle to Chasewater is a great way to help us look after this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

“The presence of cattle does not mean the area is out of bounds to visitors. The footpaths through Beachy Heath are still open for everyone to use, however, we would ask visitors to keep dogs on leads and not to approach or feed the cattle.”

Once the three cattle have grazed the Beachy Heath area, they will be untied with the other five grazing cattle in the Chasewater Heaths area.

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