Grazer of the Week 8th November; Red the Highland Cross

red grazer of the week pont cymru cow tan fairwood common gowerRed is part of an innovative new community cow-share project taking place on Gower. The cow-shares aim is to rear a small herd of cattle on Fairwood Common, helping to preserve the wildlife value of the common along with other commoners. Red is a Highland x Aberdeen Angus, a small, hardy cross that will do well out on the commons.

Fairwood Common is a large area of common land, designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). It consists of wet heathy grassland, marshy grassland with bracken and scrub on the higher ground [1]. Species of interest on the commons include marsh fritillary, lousewort, tormentil, meadow pipit and snipe. Appropriate grazing by these cattle will help maintain the common in good ecological condition.

red grazer of the week pont cymru cow tan fairwood common gower

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