Highland cattle have been introduced in to trim the vegetation on the nesting grounds of lapwing at Arundel Wetland Centre in West Sussex.

Arundel Wetland Centre is one in all 10 wetland centres throughout the UK managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Belief (WWT) conservation charity.

4 Highland heifers had been delivered to the wetland nature reserve on August 2, and can graze the moist grassland for 2 months.

The purpose of utilizing the cattle to graze is to knock again the vegetation extra sustainably than equipment. An additional advantage, WWT mentioned, is the beetles and worms that the cows’ dung attracts, which offers wealthy feeding grounds for nesting lapwing in springtime.

A lapwing on a nest in spring on the moist grassland at Arundel

Reserve Supervisor Suzi Lanaway mentioned: “These pretty ladies will assist hold vegetation in test in the summertime months.

“Birds and wildlife aren’t bothered by the livestock – in actual fact the cattle egrets will benefit from the flies the heifers appeal to.”

In keeping with the WWT, which runs Arundel, the land the place the Highland cattle will likely be grazing was historically grazing marsh.

The cattle will likely be seen from the Ramsar Wildlife disguise and the Lapwing Wildlife disguise on the wetland centre.

WWT maintains hundreds of hectares of wetland throughout its reserves with the aim of supporting and defending endangered species – the lapwing being one in all these.