Wildlife and habitats

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Amazing grazing

Stockman Rob Groves with the Sussex bulls

Grazing is key to maintaining open and species rich landscapes. It creates a rich diversity of wildlife with its mosaic of habitats, supporting everything in the web of life, both common and rare.

Traditional breeds

A herdwick lamb at Woolbeding.

We use traditional breeds that are no longer used in modern agriculture. They graze back spreading scrub and thrive on poor ground where the only fertiliser is dung, and produce amazing quality meat.

Belted Galloways

A handsome pair belted galloways contentedly grazing at Woolbeding

This beautiful breed is very hardy, with a thick undercoat and long wavy overcoat which helps shed rain. They are gentle and placid, and their extensive grazing helps reduce invasive scrub and bracken.

Herdwick sheep

A flock of traditional Herdwick sheep at  Woolbeding Estate

This breed is happy to live outdoors all year round. Their distinctive grey fleece is extra waterproof and protects them from extreme cold. Their grazing helps maintain the beautiful open habitats.

Sussex cattle

This handsome breed was formerly used as a draft animal. It does well on rough grazing but only lightly grazes scrub. It is a very docile breed which makes it ideal for well-visited spots.


A pig snuffling through woodland at Woolbeding

The pigs weaken the invasive bracken found on heathland sites by digging down into it. The pigs graze different areas of the heath throughout the year, are very friendly and enjoy a good scratch.