Course: Grazing Animals for Habitat Management

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Dorchester, Dorset
1st - 2nd September 2020 01300320684 Heather Radice

Cost: £190

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Learn about the benefits, challenges and management techniques of using animals to improve a variety of wildlife habitats across Dorset.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust manage Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve and Powerstock Common with herds of cattle, Exmoor ponies 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, pigs 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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