MOOsic On The Hill

The cows have arrived!

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Ranger Tim Gutierrez with two of the cattle




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Ealing Council’s annual cattle grazing project is under way with the ‘moo’ arrivals enjoying the grassy land at Horsenden Hill.

This year the council has introduced four Hereford/Charolais-cross cattle to graze the medieval meadows of Long and Home Mead on Horsenden Hill. They come on loan from a farmer in Hillingdon and are due to stay on the hill until the end of October.

Since the council’s grazing project started in 2005 the cows have done a great job munching away on the long grass, wildflowers, brambles and scrub. They help to manage the meadow and conserve and enhance wildlife on the site. One of the rare plants that grow on the site, Dyer’s Greenweed, has been thriving and seems to be spreading.

The herd on Horsenden Hill is the typical creamy colour, distinctive of the French Charolais breed. The cattle are known to be fairly docile but should not be approached or touched. All litter should be removed from the field, dogs must be on leads within the fenced area and all gates must be closed.

For more information or to report any issues on the hill contact the West Ranger Team on 020 8813 9232 or 07912 580223.

25 August 2010

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