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Belties on the Beeb!

Posted: Friday 29th April 2016 by Nature Notes

There was high excitement at Pond Farm this week when BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson and his camera crew paid our grazing team a visit.

The programme will be highlighting the reasons behind conservation grazing

The stars of the show were our herd of Belted Galloway cows, which play an important role in conservation grazing across Surrey’s landscape.

Adam runs his own farm in Gloucestershire and has a particular interest in rare breeds and grazing animals.

The TV presenter chatted with James Adler, the head of the trust’s grazing team, about the different grazing capabilities of our animals. The programme will be highlighting the reasons behind conservation grazing - the Trust’s sheep and goats were also featured.

Farm manager Steve Proud also introduced Adam to some of our gorgeous new-born Belted Galloway calves – we’re expecting more than 90 new arrivals this year.

The Countryfile team also filmed our cows as they were released on National Trust land over at Petersham Meadows, near Richmond – as part of our contract grazing programme.

The weather was kind to us, which allowed for some greats shots of our 30 acre farm at Wisley Common. They say never work with children or animals – but our animals were truly on their best behaviour and performed right on cue for the camera. Even our rather camera-shy goats were tempted into the spotlight with some tasty gorse.

We think Adam and his crew enjoyed their time with us – maybe it was the homemade cakes baked by Steve’s wife that swung it! Oh and our very co-operative and well trained cows.

Our nine minutes of fame on BBC Countryfile is due to be broadcast in May – so remember to tune in to spot SWT on TV!

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