A herd of Red Poll cattle has taken up residency in Colchester’s picturesque High Woods Country Park. The cattle are from the Legacy Grazing Herd and have been introduced to help maintain the diversity of wildlife by controlling the growth of grass to benefit flowers, and the insects, birds and mammals that depend on them.
As well as being one of Colchester’s beauty spots, the County Park is highly significant for nature conservation. With a combination of marshy areas, hayfields and scrubland, High Woods provides the perfect habitat for thousands of different birds, mammals and plant life. It has also held the prestigious Green Flag Award since 2004.
Colchester Borough Council is working in partnership with Essex County Council’s Place Services to deliver conservation grazing to benefit the local wildlife and landscape. Councillor Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said, “We are delighted to be adding High Woods to our growing list of conservation grazing sites. We hope visitors will enjoy the sight of the cattle and we have already had a fantastic response from residents who would like to volunteer as Cattle Lookers.
For more information on conservation grazing or to enquire about volunteering visit legacygrazing.org.uk
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