Our countryside has been shaped by centuries of livestock grazing and many plants, butterflies, birds and mammals depend upon the activities of grazing by native cattle and sheep in order to survive. Grazing produces a habitat which allows many different plants to grow side by side. In the absence of grazing, open spaces will lose their rich diversity of plants and animals as the small fragile flowers and grasses disappear when aggressive and competitive woody plants are given the opportunity to out-compete them for water and sunlight.
The main objective of conservation grazing is to maintain the balance between these woody and shrubby plants and the species-rich grassland. For more information on Grazing please contact Heather Ball (Conservation Officer) at the Wildlife Trust 01604 405285.
Download the Wildlife Trust Conservation Grazing Leaflet here.
| Sheep grazing Boddington Meadow Nature Reserve in winter.
|| Boddington Meadow Nature Reserve full of wildflowers in summer.
|| Field adjacent to Boddington Meadow Nature Reserve which is not grazed and has coarse grasses, thistles and docks|