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Grazing for Biodiversity

Location:North and East Hampshire

Habitats:Heathland, Grassland

Livestock:Various breeds and types of livestock

In brief:Ten year project between Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the MoD developing sustainable grazing mangement of grassland and heathland in north and east Hampshire in partnship with farmers and other local graziers.

Contact:Alex Cruickshank

Tel:01489 774434

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has launched an exciting new large-scale conservation grazing project in the north and east of Hampshire.

The land in the project area is a combination of existing reserves that are either owned or managed by the Wildlife Trust, and also land owned by the Ministry of Defence. The two organisations have formed a partnership which will allow the Trust to graze not only their own sites but also those owned by the MoD.

In order to secure a sustainable, long-term future for the management of these sites the Trust has undertaken feasibility work to assess the best options for achieving economically viable conservation grazing. The productivity of the grazing system is a central consideration alongside the benefits for wildlife. As well as large areas of heathland and grassland, the Trust has also secured good quality winter grazing which provides flexibility and security for livestock to over-winter nearby if needed. The grazing will largely be carried out with cattle.

The Project is currently looking into working with local farmers and graziers who want to get involved and who can benefit from a long-term plan of developing local produce, marketing and setting up viable grazing schemes. It includes addressing community, access and planning issues, and has links with other projects such as Forest Friendly Farming in the New Forest.

Imagine how great it would be to be able to buy quality conservation-grade meat that was grown on your local heathland and was stocked in your local butchers? If you would like to get involved or to find out more contact Alex Cruickshank at the Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Wildlife trust.