Cattle moo-ving onto Sheffield moorland

Highland cattle are set to graze on Sheffield moorland.
Highland cattle are set to graze on Sheffield moorland.
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A herd of Highland Cattle will moving in to graze on Sheffield’s Burbage Moors in a bid to boost wildlife.

The moors, in the west of the city. are owned by Sheffield Council and managed by the National Trust.

Cattle grazing is part of an environmental farming scheme called Higher Level Stewardship.

Funded by Natural England, it aims to boost priority habitats over a long period of time.

The herd will graze on the moors from spring to mid-autumn after they move in for the first time this month.

There will be 36 small breed Highland cattle on the site, but no calves or bulls.

They have been selected for their size and calm temperament, and will roam more than 700 hectares of moorland.

A spokesman for the scheme said: “Cattle graze differently to sheep, ripping at coarser vegetation, and they create spaces for seeds with their footprints.

“Over time they will produce a more varied, dynamic vegetation, turning areas of thick grass back into more species-rich heathland, benefiting insects and important ground nesting birds like curlew and ring ouzel, that breed on the moors.”

The moors are looked after by a National Trust ranger and volunteers.

Visitors walking on the Burbage, Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors are asked to treat livestock with respect and behave sensibly near the animals.

They also asked to close gates behind them.