Highland Cattle become Conservationists at Parc Slip

Highland CowsParc Slip Nature Reserve has employed the help of some four-legged conservationists this month to help with the management of the nature reserve.

Lapwings are a bird that often frequent farmland and wetlands, named for their broad wings which are unmistakeable when the bird is in flight. The bird is also known as a ‘peewit’ in recognition of its robotic sounding call! When it comes to breeding, lapwings like short turf, which is where the Highland cattle come in.

The ‘Lapwing Field’ at Parc Slip is now being grazed by the Highland cattle, owned by our local farmer, who often works with us to manage the nature reserve. This breed is often used in conservation grazing due to their hardy nature.

Lapwing by MJ Clark

Lapwing by MJ Clark

The cattle will be improving the habitat for lapwing by grazing which will create the short turf favoured by the species. The lapwings will also benefit from churned up areas of ground, which provide nesting sites, and the manure which will provide insect food for the developing chicks.

You can visit the cows at Parc Slip- pop into the Visitor Centre to pick up a map of the Nature Reserve, Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm.