Rod, Mick, Charlie, Brian, Keith (all named after rock legends) and two as-yet-unnamed cows will spend their days at Bickershaw munching through the tough, overgrown vegetation. As they keep the grass in check, less competitive flowering plants will have chance to thrive, in turn helping a range of insects, invertebrates and birds to make the area their home. Skylarks and lapwings are just two species of bird that prefer nesting in shorter, more open vegetation, and we can’t wait to see if their numbers increase after the cows have paved the way for their next generation.
Rod and his other highland friends came to us after living a life of luxury at a manor in Lincolnshire. Unfortunately, their previous owners were forced to sell some land, leaving the herd with an uncertain future. Thankfully, they gifted the cows to us, giving both the herd and Bickershaw’s wildlife a much brighter future.