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Highland Cattle

Observed: 4th June 2013 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Highland Cattle
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Description:

These guys took me by surprise, obviously been put here to do some grass management. Not having seen one for some time, I had forgotten how big they are.

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the naturalist man's picture

Highland cattle

About as far from Scotland as you can get! They are often used for conservation purposes as they tend to select for the rougher grasses, the ones conservationists want to remove.

It also helps that they are such iconic animals and can become something of an attraction, thus raising the profile of your reserve/work.

Graham Banwell

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gramandy's picture

they're...

happy in this field but the next open area - is hemlock ridden and taken over - what conservation can be done in these areas? No-one seems to know - the Highland Cattle are not interested nor any other grazer or wildlife in general including Homo sapiens (too many H & S rules)

Amadan's picture

Not actually that big -

Compared to some other breeds. But they are imposing, with that shaggy coat and those massive horns, especially when encountered without warning on a quiet reserve. Definitely built like the proverbial brick cludgie!