Wildlife on Brean Down
Explore the steep slopes and sweeping pastures on Brean Down, home to a wide variety of rare plants and birds.
Grazing on the Down
We are introducing hardy cattle onto Brean Down, to eat into and trample the scrub. To encourage the cattle to stay where we need them, we will be using mobile electric fencing to regularly target areas that need more grazing pressure, while allowing some heavily used areas to recover.
Cows are great at grazing on scrub because they use their tongues to wrap round the grass and pull it up – giving different heights to the grass meaning diversity of insects and plantlife.
Trampling restricts regrowth of cut bramble and breaks bracken stems, helping to stop these plants from taking over large areas.