The cows reduce the amount of rank grasses, create a mosaic of different length vegetation, as well as nibbling at the invasive Pirri-pirri bur. The grazing regime on the NNR benefits key dune specialist plant species, such as the endemic Lindisfarne helleborine (Epipactis sancta), and will reduce the impact of non-native invasive species like Pirri-pirri bur and Michaelmas daisy.
|Rounding up the cattle from the Reserve|
|The tricky bit - getting them in the pen ready for loading!|
|All in safe and sound - time to say bye and a final scratch behind the ears for Charlie the cow.|
It was a team effort from the NNR staff, volunteers and farmers to round up all of the cows from the Reserve and load them onto the trailer – with some festive mince pies to keep us going between trailer loads.