RSPB gives cattle a right royal welcome

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AS the nation eagerly anticipates the Royal Wedding, staff and volunteers at RSPB Old Moor have welcomed royalty of their own - not Kate and Wills, but six Highland cattle from the Balmoral Estate.

The cattle will stay on Old Moor, near Barnsley, to keep the grass short.

Keeping the grass short helps create the ideal habitat for lapwings – a priority species for protection in the Dearne Valley.

Julia Makin, RSPB visitor officer, said the cattle were real VIP guests at the site.

She said: “At Old Moor, our cattle are always treated like royalty, no matter where they came from.

“But, with their links to the Royal estate, these newcomers are rather special.”

Julie added: “All our Highland cattle do an extremely valuable job for us at a grassroots level.

“We’re sure that these latest additions will soon be earning a seal of approval, Royal or otherwise.”

And once the cattle’s conservation work is done, owners Keith and Janet Gascoigne – who graze their cows on a number of RSPB sites across Yorkshire - sell their ‘Yorkshire Highlander’ beef at local markets.