Conservation grazing in Fishpool Valley
We're reintroducing historic grazing into parts of the valley in spring 2020 in order to manage re-growth and prevent the flora and fauna from being overshadowed. It will also maintain the historic views which are now gradually being revealed.
In spring 2020, we're introducing conservation grazing into parts of the valley. This is so we can manage re-growth now that more light is coming in and we have cleared some of the vegetation and thinned the trees. It's vital that we maintain historic views and character areas, preventing the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) flora from being over-shaded by secondary tree growth.
The sheep will be a hardy variety which will graze the landscape effectively and are being sourced from a local farmer. The areas that are being grazed are based on a landscape architect’s conservation plan for the site, which is based on historic grazing of the valley (old fence posts and wire can still be found in some parts of the line that we have re-instated).
You will notice some changes as you walk through the valley; we have installed fencing and hand-made cleft chestnut gates across some footpaths. Please remember to keep dogs on leads and under control in order to protect livestock.
Chestnut fencing and gates have been installed in parts of the valley in order to manage the livestock. The fencing is largely standard agricultural fencing, but also includes posts and gates cleft from sweet chestnut felled and cleaved in the valley by our volunteers and ranger team. The fencing is part of a Natural England stewardship scheme to conserve and manage the historic Fishpool Valley.