Masticating cows in the meadows

Cows are in the Holland Park meadows again to help manage it’s wild flower areas. Nimbus and Neija, two year old English Longhorns, will stay in the park for a fortnight and eat their way through tough grass and nettles and, in the process, encourage the development of wildflower meadows. They have tough mouths, Longhorns, and they tuck in to nettles, course grasses, wild flowers and thistles. Wildflower meadows are one of our fastest disappearing habitats and many native wildflowers are in decline. The meadows, which support birds and small mammals, are also home to many invertebrates including butterflies, grasshoppers, bees and even rare moths.

If you like a cow and a meadow and want to find out more, stockman John Philips from Maydencroft Farm, Hertfordshire will give a free talk on Monday 24th August in Holland Park on the use of Longhorn cows in conservation grazing projects. 6pm, meet by Lord Holland’s statue. rbkc.gov.uk

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