After delays in obtaining grants and installing the fencing, on Saturday 14th Feb 2015, twenty eight young and old attended the family work party to complete the fencing and hedging in Elliker field so that the field can finally be stocked with cows and sheep.
These animals will do their job of “conservation grazing” which is beneficial to many wild flowers, invertebrates and ground nesting birds by eating last year’s thick grassy sward.
Planting saplings in Elliker field
Dexter cows in Elliker field
The animals will stay on the reserve untill late March when the Spring flowers start to appear.
Enthusiasm was not in short supply…. Frank Shire’s field was similarly treated by the youngsters planting a new hedge along the north-eastern edge of this reserve.
Hedge planting in Frank Shire’s
A well earned rest!
Further information can be obtained at… http://www.grazinganimalsproject.org.uk/what_is_conservation_grazing.html