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What are the benefits of the policy of grazing nature reserves with livestock ?
I understand that this is an age old practise but I have some concerns.
I visit several nature reserves where cattle are present. I have found them to be quite destructive. The ground and in particular the wet areas take a real pounding and where once Ragged Robin, Water Mint and Orchids grew there is just cropped vegetation and Marsh Thistles. The real enemy seems to be the encroachment of Alder but the cattle do not touch this and it continues to grow and choke the fen areas.
I would be interested in the opinion of others and their experiences with this policy. I understand there will be a counter argument extolling the virtues of grazing but I'm struggling to see it fully and do the benefits outweigh the apparent damage caused ?