Cattle help to preserve important nature reserve

Published Friday, 6th February 2015

Enthusiastic volunteers and a herd of English Longhorn cattle are helping to preserve a site of special scientific interest in Worcestershire.

Hartlebury Common is situated on the edge of Stourport on Severn and is owned and managed by Worcestershire County Council.

As a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) it is one of the few remaining examples of lowland heath in the county and features many rare plants and animals.

Countryside Sites Officer Martin Barnett said that the heathland regeneration project is proving to be a great success.

"We have many enthusiastic volunteers who are helping to reduce the amount of overgrown scrub and to remove self-seeded trees," he said.

"The cattle, supplied by Newgap, are also helping to keep the scrub under control so that more people can enjoy what Hartlebury Common has to offer."

"We would also like to thank Will Hall, our community pay back project officer from Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company for his dedication and help," he added.

Worcestershire County Council run regular work party days at the site on the third Saturday of each month and alternate Thursdays.

The next volunteer days are Thursday, February 19 and Saturday, February 21 from 9.30am. People are invited to meet at the Wilden Top car park at the common, wearing old clothes, waterproofs and strong outdoor footwear.

Hot drinks are available for the Saturday and weekday work parties. For more information contact Martin on 01905 766155 or visit the Countryside Service volunteer opportunity web site.