Aberdeen Angus beef cattle

Aberdeen Angus beef cattle

 The 750 acres of Butser Hill is a National Nature Reserve and contains a large area of Scheduled Ancient Monument.  This sensitive landscape with its delicate habitats needs positive management to remain in favourable condition. The balance between the chalk grassland and scrub communities, and the bordering woodland is maintained using tractor mounted machinery such as  the mower or flail, and small teams with brush cutter and chainsaw. In addition grazing animals are important with the Park’s sheep flock  which is supplemented by beef cattle supplied by our farm business tenants Rother Valley Organics.    

Beef cattle on Ramsdean Down

Beef cattle on Ramsdean Down

Twenty 30 month old Aberdeen Angus beef cattle are currently on Ramsdean Down which is situated on the northern side of the hill, the scarp slope of the Downs. They will move after a month to fresh ground and in this time they will tackle a lot of the coarse grasses, the shrubs and young tree saplings which invade the downland sward. 

Ash sapling after grazing

Ash sapling after grazing

Another benefit of  having the cattle moving about is the paths and open areas that they create through their sheer size. These areas help the general diversity and will encourage specific species. 

Tracks and trails

Tracks and trails

An additional 12 cattle are in Rake field, grazing a meadow now that the main flowering has finished. Their job is to remove the bulk of the vegetation before the cold wet weather arrives at the end of the season.
 
Rake field

Rake field

Finally, it is important for all dog walkers to be aware just where the livestock are grazing. The visitor centre reception will be happy to update and all gate and stiles will be signed accordingly. The signs simply say…’cattle and sheep are grazing this area your dog must be on a lead’
Cattle on Ramsdean Down

Cattle on Ramsdean Down

 
 
Advertisements