The rangers manage a herd of pedigree Belted Galloway cattle. They tough it out in all conditions and graze on grasses many animals won't touch.
Unlike sheep, Belted Galloways or 'Belties' crop the grass less hard and so encourage more delicate plants and herbs to thrive. This in turn helps the wildlife.
'Belties' are very hardy and like nothing more than toughing it out on the most exposed Cotswold hill. The herd of 80 are often split up to graze many of the meadows and grasslands that we look after. They can often be spotted moo-uching about on Crickley Hill.
The herd are essential to the conservation of the wild-flower rich Cotswold grasslands, providing low-intensity grazing that naturally supports biodiversity. With their help the grasslands have shifted from grass to herbs with plants such as marjoram, thyme, vetches and rare orchids popping up. With this comes masses of butterflies and beetles so it's a win-win all round.