Westonbirt Magazine

Winter 2017

When the Cows Come Home

We are delighted that we will once again be grazing our downland this winter. A neighbouring farmer will be bringing a small number of native rare breed Gloucester cattle to graze here for short periods over the winter.

The cows create a healthy and varied habitat by using their tongues to pull vegetation into their mouths, so they don’t graze too close to the ground.

This leaves tufts of grass in which insects can live, helping to maintain a more diverse number of species.

Whilst the cattle are docile and will often keep away from people, we do ask visitors to take care when near the cattle and to keep dogs on leads.

Winter articles

View the full list of articles from our winter magazine

Enjoyed the latest magazine? Make a donation to support our vital work!