Lichfield News – More cattle to graze on SSSI

Lichfield News

More cattle to graze on SSSI

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This August more cattle are being introduced to Chasewater Country Park to protect the heathland habitat.

To keep the precious heathland habitat under control, Lichfield District Council uses cattle to graze on areas of Chasewater Country Park. Using cattle means the council does not need to manually remove tree shoots and scrub, as the animals do the job naturally.

This summer, due to the benefits of grazing, the council has noticed a big increase in the amount of wildflowers growing on the heathland. To extend this good work, six extra animals are being introduced to the site this summer.

They will join the existing herd of three cattle in gently grazing the land. This should mean that even more wildflowers grow on the land, which is good news for biodiversity as the flowers encourage more animals to the site.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Our countryside team has been working hard to bring back grazing to Chasewater Country Park, and after successfully introducing cattle to the park some years ago, we’re all delighted that wildflowers are now thriving, and welcome the new herd of cattle to the country park.”

Four of the cattle will get to work this August on Anglesely Basin, and two more will join the existing herd of three that are grazing on Chasewater’s North Shore.

“Although the cattle are friendly, we are asking all visitors to Chasewater not to approach them and to keep their dogs under control at all times,” added Cllr Pritchard.

GroupSome similar cattle grazing on Hednesford Hills

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