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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

Hednesford Hills Stuff – for a change!

For a few more weeks our Dobermann, Ellie, will not be able to go for a walk, due to torn tendons, but I still need the exercise so I still have to take a walk most days (I know it should be every day but never mind!) and I seem to be taking more pics on my travels than usual. For those of you who haven’t seen her, this is what she looks like when she is fit.Over the hillsAnd this is what she is like at the moment.DSCF1917It is true to say that she is getting fed up (although making progress).

Most of these pics were taken on Remembrance Sunday and the day after.DSCF1932I headed to Hednesford Hills and my usual starting point, by the War Memorial, and, being Remembrance Sunday the gates were open.  I decided to go up to the Memorial and take a few pics, so I took the easy wayDSCF1933the block paved path which zig-zags up to the top, making the slope much more gentle for the less fit – like me!!

At the top, everything had been made ready for the laying of wreaths,  all swept and weeded.DSCF1936Looking back down it can be seen how relatively steep the slope is coming straight up the main pathway.DSCF1937I expected to be able to leave the Memorial by way of the rear gate but unfortunately it had been welded closed in the last two or three years, probably to prevent vandalism.  This meant that I had to go back down the hill, out of the gate and back up to continue my walk.DSCF1958The sun was trying to break through, but never really succeeded.  I carried on, taking the reverse direction to the one I normally go, and bumped into the small herd of Dexter cattle now resident on the Hills.  They are quite friendly, if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you!DSCF1962The biggest was quite happy to pose (I actually did say ‘thank you!) and I carried on along the path.DSCF1964I was getting near to the place where I should be meeting up with the friends I usually walk with, and sure enough there they were – ‘Gorillas in the mist’ sprang to mind. (As long as none of them read this I should be safe – but yes, they’ve all got a sense of humour!!)DSCF1965I joined them and retraced my steps. I did a similar thing the following day but the gate to the Memorial was locked when I passed it, so this time I went back, hoping that it had been opened when I passed it later. DSCF1968There was plenty of evidence that the night shift had been busy, and when I got back to the gate the side one was open.DSCF1987Again, I walked the block-paving route to the top to see the wreaths,DSCF1972It was nice to see that the fallen Servicemen and women had been remembered.DSCF1985Time now for home and breakfast, a good and, as usual, slow walk in the morning sunshine which sadly didn’t last!

The only thing missing, given the sightings of the last few weeks, was a photo of some deer.  They’re not there every day but just recently we’ve seen them quite often.  So, in true ‘Blue Peter’ tradition, here’s one I took earlier……DSCF1869