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Cows move into new home on South Downs
3:28pm Friday 28th March 2014 in News
Three new bovine residents have moved into their new home on the South Downs coastline.
The three cattle, two British whites and one British black, have been introduced at Seaford Head by Seaford Town Council and the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
The cows are part of a management plan that was commissioned by Seaford Local Nature Reserve Committee.
The site is suffering from overgrazing in some areas and a lack of grazing in others.
Sussex Wildlife Trust took over the management of the 83- hectare site for Seaford Town Council at the beginning of June 2013.
The cattle will be kept on the land for around two months and will be subject to daily checks as the best course of action for management of the preserve until 2017 is assessed.
Graeme Lyons, senior ecologist at Sussex Wildlife, said: “The cows have been introduced to stop the grassland scrubbing over.”
Mr Lyons said that due to the levels of scrubland currently growing on the site, the three cows’ breeds were selected as they are “good at eating the rough stuff”.
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