Containing the cows

Long-horn cows keep the grass short

There's something funny going on on Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons. With the help from the graziers and the Back from the Brink Project, we've put up some electric fences but it's all in the name of conservation

The roaming cattle do a fantastic job maintaining the precious grassland. However, they can be very selective in their eating habits. Some areas on the Commons are not being grazed and scrub is starting to takeover. Important wildflowers and invertebrates are struggling to survive.

Electric fields

The graziers are helping us to redress the balance. Some of their cows are being grazed in small, temporary compartments in areas that haven't been grazed for sometime. The grass sward has become so long that it's lead to a loss of the characteristic wildflowers and invertebrates.

Cows are crucial to maintaining the grassland
Cows are crucial to maintaining the grassland
Cows are crucial to maintaining the grassland

As the cows weave their magic, the compartments will be moved around so it's a win-win for the cattle and nature.

The rare pasqueflower will benefit from the new system of restrictive grazing. It thrives in places where the grass is kept short.