We now need to purchase our own cattle, as well as the infrastructure to manage the livestock such as trailers and handling facilities. Without our own animals we are dependent on farmers and in the current climate animals are not always easy to find.
Conservation grazing is a recognised way of controlling scrub and promoting more wildlife-friendly flowers and grasses to grow. It allows the creation of varied habitats and suitable areas for ground-nesting birds.
The Trust wants to expand the herd to graze sites such as Lunt Meadows in Merseyside, Smithills Moor in Bolton, where we may potentially graze up to 200 sheep and Cutacre in Greater Manchester, which may be developed into a wildlife farm used as support land and promote conservation farming methods.
Without the money to purchase livestock the Trust will be left behind in the conservation grazing approach to habitat management and be reliant on manual, labour intensive, expensive methods of scrub control.
Thank you. Your support will help shape conservation grazing for the future