Conservation Grazing on our Reserves

We use Dexter cows to conservation graze on our reserves. Dexter cows are a small very hardy breed that are very efficient grazers.

Advantages of this type of grazing are:

  • dominant plant species are eaten leaving space for a wider diversity of plants
  • trampling and disturbing the ground provides space for new seedlings to flourish
  • more that 250 species of insects can be found in cow pats providing vital food for birds and animals.
One of our team of volunteers Phil, with his grandson, checking the conservation herd of Dexter cows in the Ellikers Nature reserve.