Course: Grazing Animals for Habitat Management

Dorset Wildlife Trust

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester
18th - 19th September 2018 01300 320684 Heather Radice

Cost: Residential £219 / Non-residential £179

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

The Dorset Wildlife Trust manage Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve and Powerstock Common with their own herds of cattle and sheep as part of the conservation management plan.

This course offers a unique opportunity to learn about how this is achieved, directly from our team, on a variety of SSSI habitats including heathland, meadows, grassland and woodland.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit offsite habitats and learn about the benefits and challenges with this approach. During the course we will look at habitat management, stockmanship, animal welfare, issues with public access and managing remote sites.

We plan to visit the following sites to demonstrate a range of habitats:

  • Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve – 180 hectares of grassland, including chalk, acid and neutral meadow.
  • Powerstock Common Nature Reserve – 112 hectares of ancient woodland, acid grassland and rush pasture.
  • Heathland reserves managed with ponies and cattle and SSSI wet woodland managed with cattle.
  • The Isle of Portland - goat grazing landscape partnership project to clear scrub on inaccessible sites.

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