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Shropshire Local Grazing Scheme

Location:Various sites across Shropshire

Habitats:Various types of habitat, Lowland, Heathland, Grassland

Livestock:Various breeds and types of livestock

In brief:Grazing land and livestock ‘matchmaking’ service for Shropshire.

Contact:Duncan Norman

Tel:01743 282004

Email:duncan.norman@naturalengland.org.uk

Weblink:www.shropshire.gov.uk/countryside.nsf/open/F164FA73B265114E802570F90053F98A


The Shropshire Local Grazing Scheme was established in November 2005 in order to help facilitate grazing across the county. The scheme is supported by both Natural England and The Heritage Lottery Fund, and has initial funding to November 2007. The scheme employs 1 full time project officer, Duncan Norman, who works from the Shrewsbury Natural England office.

The scheme works on the ‘dating agency’ model, matching graziers with landowners. Land in the scheme can be owned privately or be managed by institutions such as the National Trust, English Heritage, Wildlife Trust or the County Council. The scheme aims to use livestock that is ‘local’ and/or ‘traditional’ but takes a pragmatic approach based on availability. As the scheme neither owns the land or the stock it works closely with various partners to seek mutually beneficial grazing solutions, advising on the best possible options for the land and stock.

The scheme also has a strong ‘community’ component and aims to involve local people in appreciating their own local resources, in understanding the management that is required on wildlife sites and in taking an active role in helping with the management of livestock grazing locally.

If you are based in Shropshire and would like the scheme to help you find either grazing land or a grazier then please click here to download the scheme questionnaire. If you download and complete the questionnaire and email it back to Duncan.Norman@naturalengland.org.uk, Duncan will then contact you to see if the Shropshire Local Grazing Scheme can help.