GAP News Archive

On this page you can access back issues of GAP News, now called The Grazier as downloadable pdf files. Each edition is presented in chronological order.

The Grazier 2nd Edition

The Grazier 2nd Edition
Winter 2010

This is a special edition of GAP's newsletter focusing on the role of equines in conservation grazing. Articles include management of Exmoor ponies on Suffolks heaths and Sussex Downs, the work of the Dartmoor, Exmoor and Fell pony societies, a look at the challenges facing pony grazing on Anglesey and an Ask the Vet feature (3.5MB)

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The Grazier

The Grazier
Summer 2010

GAP News has been retitled The Grazier. This edition includes an Ask the Vet feature, details of GAP's recently awarded HLF grant to run traineeships, articles on conservation grazing in Hertfordshire with Longhorns and in Northumberland with Shetland sheep, details of PONT's work at Penaran and news in brief from the agricultural and conservation sectors (3.67MB PDF).

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GAP NEWS 44 d

GAP NEWS 44 d
Winter 2009/2010 (pages 1-7)

This edition has been divided into four sections to make it easier to download. This section includes the cover, contents page and editorial as well as a report on the GAP & DWT Conference and the Rural European Platform workshop. To obtain a copy of this edition as a single PDF file or request a higher resolution copy for printing purposes please contact Eleanor Newson at enquiries@grazingadvicepartnership.org.uk.

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GAP News 44 c

GAP News 44 c
Winter 2009/2010 (pages 8-13)

This section contains a review of the GAP and Flora locale workshops and the RBST festival at the Brinkworth Country Show and articles exploring the benefits of pollarding and the problems encountered in grazing in traditional orchards.

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GAP News 44 b

GAP News 44 b
Winter 2009/2010 (pages 14-19)

This section contains articles on grazing sustainably on the Defence Estates, the work of the RAMSAK machinery ring, an update on GAP training courses and the GAP website and news in brief from the agricultural sector.

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GAP News 44 a

GAP News 44 a
Winter 2009/2010 (pages 20-25)

This section contains insights into grazing management on South West National Nature Reserves, the work of PONT through the Anglesey grazing project with both English and Welsh translations and news in brief regarding EID and agri-environment schemes.

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GAP NEWS 43

GAP NEWS 43
Winter 2008/2009

A short newsletter brought to you by the interim arrangements between the Grazing Animals Project and the Grazing Advice Partnership; looking forward to building on past achievements with a whole new level of partnership working.

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GAP News 42

GAP News 42
Summer 2008

A bumper edition as the last newsletter from the current GAP partnership. Many interesting articles, including a report of the GAP study tour to Poland in June.

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GAP News 41

GAP News 41

It is Spring and we have lots of new life in this issue. Read about close shepherding, shepherds on stilts, and innovative marketing for wool. See how conservation grazing is benefiting airborne biodiversity in the form of marsh fritillary butterfly, little egrets and the corn bunting. We hear experiences of grazing apprenticeship, and find out about the history of the landscape developing in parallel with breeds of grazing animals. The serious topic of disease is on our minds and there are several useful articles on Bluetongue, including Defra guidelines, a Dutch shepherd’s experience of his flock surviving the disease, and extracts from Nibblers conversations. Several interesting events past and forthcoming are reported on and there is news of a developing local grazing scheme in Wales with PONT, and gathering support for conservation grazing in Scotland. Finally, on a lighter note, this issue has an artistic flavour, illustrating just how inspiring grazing animals can be.

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GAP News 40

GAP News 40

Happy New Year! Grazing on commons is often a challenge. In this edition we have collated a series of articles that address some of the issues that frequently arise. Topics covered range from the 2006 Commons Act to the practicalities of how to get cattle grids or fencing installed, from ways of engaging with local commoners to urban grazing and commons as open spaces. Also included is a write-up of the PONT commons conference. In addition we have the usual news from GAP and reports from the GAP local grazing scheme co-ordinators, plus events, adverts and news snippets.

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GAP NEWS 39

GAP NEWS 39

Following on from our conference in Stirling in June, we have a Scottish flavour this quarter, with a report from the 5th FACT GAP conference “Tools & Techniques for Pastoralism and Wildlands”, a Scottish perspective on the challenges facing conservation grazing, and lessons learned from five years in the life of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Flying Flock. Ever worried what the “sustainable” bit in the definition of local grazing schemes really means? Bill Grayson keeps us on our toes with a thoughtful analysis of the wider environmental implications. Also, news of an innovative grazing co-operative in the north-east, disease updates, and report from the coastal heaths of Norway including a profile of the old Norse heritage race of sheep, now making a come-back thanks to branding and landscape conservation

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GAP NEWS 38

GAP NEWS 38
Summer 2007

An edition with a focus on GAP - find out about our new website, a day in the life of an LGS co-ordinator, a vision for Local Grazing Schemes and news from the GAP Office. Other articles include reserach on grazing woodlands for moths, a comparison of traditional and modern beef reared on semi-natural and improved swards and mating behaviour in semi-feral ponies. Also, the Eriskay Pony, Luneberg Heide, the Shropshire LGS, the 2007 HEATH conference, Directional Virutal fencing, plusTed Green on gatecrashing the garden party or what's going on in the countryside.

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GAP NEWS 37

GAP NEWS 37
Spring 2007

Inside we take a look at moving livestock from the days of droving to modern day welfare transportation regulations and pre-movement bTB testing. PONT's Charles Morgan challenges our dependence on oil in conservation livestock management, and we also feature articles on native cattle and meat prodiction, the Grazing Links initiative from Devon Wildlife Trust, the Eating Biodiversity experiments, and hefting in Northumberland. We have reports from GAP visiting to Lindisfarne and Chillingham, and Richard Samll takes a look at research on grazing Molinia, while Jim Swanson takes us on a tour of shepherded heathlands in Holland.

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GAP NEWS 36

GAP NEWS 36
Winter 2006 - 2007

This issue features articles on the seaweed-eating, bracken-bashing pigs of the Dunlossit estate on Islay by Chloe Randall, conservation grazing in the Cambridgshire Fens at Ouse Washes and Wicken Fen, conservation grazing with Exmoor ponies at Trellech, a farmers perspective on overwintering cattle in Wales. There are also features on Bracken Control by Dr Rob Marr of the International Bracken Group, the endangered Bilberry Goats of Waterford, the UK Sand Dune and Shingle Network and Ecolots and Contak – two useful websites. There is also all the usual sections and news on Local Grazing Schemes around the UK including the Parish Grasslands Project in St Briavels, the Chilterns Commons Network, Devon Wildlife Trust Grazing Links to name but a few.

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GAP NEWS 35d

GAP NEWS 35d
Autumn 2006 (pages 1-16)

This edition has been split into four sections to make it easier to download. This section contains the cover, contents page, introduction, news from the GAP office and correspondence and PONT's article on conservation grazing in Wales with both English and Welsh translations.

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GAP News 35c

GAP News 35c
Autumn 2006 (pages 17-32)

This section continues the conservation grazing in Wales article by PONT and news from all their events and activities and reports on GAP's activities from the Northern and Southern Coordinators.

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GAP News 35b

GAP News 35b
Autumn 2006 (pages 33-48)

This section contains reports from workshops and field meetings, articles on grazing with the Defence Estates in Cornwall, Hampshire & Surrey, large scale nature development in the Oostvaardersplassen and Eurosites support for the introduction of Konik horses and Aurox in Latvia.

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GAP News 35a

GAP News 35a
Autumn 2006 (pages 49-64)

The last section includes articles on the landscape scale SCaMP project in Northern England, details on Penhein a 'blue sky' conservation project and a review of grazing research and publications.

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GAP NEWS 34

GAP NEWS 34
Summer 2006

ANIMAL WELFARE AND EXTENSIVE GRAZING Inside this issue we focus on the debate surrounding Animal Welfare in extensive grazing systems, with particular reference to the grazing systems at the Oostvaardersplassen and other Dutch nature reserves. There are also articles on rewilding and pastoralism by Rob Coleman and Keith Kirby. Jim Swanson offers some advice on how to meet our obligations for welfare under the current legal framework in the UK. There is also an update on the Husbandry Handbook by Alison Hiles. Also featured are articles on the Coversands Project in historic Lincolnshire, Toggenburg Goats, grazing wet grassland for the historic environment and all the usual features and news.

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GAP News 33

GAP News 33
Spring 2006

WOODLAND GRAZING SPECIAL ISSUE Inside this issue we feature articles on the Pigs in Woodlands project, there is a report from the GAP woodland grazing workshop held at the Neroche Project in Somerset and we take a look at Silvopastoralism in the UK. There are articles on the West Highland Woodland and Forest Research projects in Scotland, excerpts from the Veteran Tree Management Handbook and much more....

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GAP NEWS 32

GAP NEWS 32
Winter 2005

This edition of GAP News reflects some of the diversity of grazing projects and schemes that are underway, with information on using Soay sheep to manage bracken in Shropshire, cattle to promote regeneration in Scottish pine woods and Dartmoor ponies to maintain mires in Norfolk. We also have news from PONT in Wales, and from LGSs scattered throughout England, plus events and workshops. Issues explored include using leaf fodder from wooded meadows, when to use goats in conservation grazing, changes to OTMS and sheep movement requirements, and solar fencing energizers. We also have reports from recent branding, commons and wildlands conferences.

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GAP News 31

GAP News 31
Autumn 2005

ABBATOIRS AND MEAT PRODUCTION This special edition of GAP News is dedicated to exploring the issues related to small abattoirs in the light of recent legislative changes. These issues include background to the supply chain, new legislation, an update on the beef sector, meat quality and the role of EBLEX in a series of five articles that were first presented as talks to the GAP Advisory Council in July. This issue also contains articles on nutrient input and output on Luneberg heathland in Germany, local grazing schemes around the UK and horse pasture management in the High Weald.

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GAP NEWS 30

GAP NEWS 30
Summer 2005

This issue takes countryside conservation from theory to practice with articles on pastoral shepherding in Germany & the Netherlands, a further look at ‘naturalistic grazing’, and Frans Vera’s thinking in the context of British woodlands.

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GAP NEWS 29

GAP NEWS 29
Spring 2005

Looks at the protection of common land, biosecurity at livestock markets, a report on the Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Wildlife Trusts hairy (but not scary) cattle and news from Local Grazing Schemes around the country.

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GAP NEWS 28

GAP NEWS 28
Winter 2004

This newsletter contains articles on the Salisbury Plain grazing meeting and the Salisbury Plain herdsmen, on managing calcareous grassland and on Mynydd Y Gwair (the Hay Mountain). Plus all the usual LGS news and regular features.

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GAP NEWS 27

GAP NEWS 27
Autumn 2004

This issue includes articles on Cryptosporidium and the threat to grazing, the Wild Ennerdale Project in the Lake District and the pitfalls & pratfalls of livestock management. Plus all the regular news and features.

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GAP NEWS 26

GAP NEWS 26
Summer 2004

This issue contains articles on the West Highland Woodland Grazing Project by Lucy Sumsion (Argyll FWAG) and on the Parish Grasslands Project in St Briavels. There is also a look at the wide range of agri-enviroment schemes around by Bill Grayson, plus all the regular features and news.

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GAP NEWS 25

GAP NEWS 25
Spring 2004

LOCAL GRAZING SCHEMES AND HOW THEY HELP TO DELIVER FAVOURABLE CONDITION SSSI'S A special issue looking at how Local Grazing Schemes contribute towards securing favourable condiditon for SSSI's. Also inlcudes - Lincoln Red's from field to fork, native and non-native breeds, ragwort

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GAP NEWS 24

GAP NEWS 24
Winter 2003

.Contains a report from former GAP co-ordinator Claire Weaver on a Eurosite workshop in Hungary, grazing the Suffolk coast, conservation grazing research at IGER North Wyke. Plus all the regular features and news.

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GAP NEWS 23

GAP NEWS 23
Autumn 2003

CAP REFORM An in-depth look at changes to the Common Agricultural Policy and the repercussions of these legislative changes for livestock farmers and conservation grazing schemes in the UK. There are also articles on introducing White Park cattle to Savernake Forest by Lawrence Alderson, the British Sheep Dairying Association, and there is a report on a GAP field meeting at Epping Forest

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