Grazing with Sheep

We use sheep to graze several of our chalk grassland sites to help keep scrub and tree seedlings at bay.

Mechanical mowing results in cuttings that rot down and release nutrients into the soil that then enrich grassland sites. This process encourages more coarse grasses, nettles and brambles to grow.

These dominant species can cause special chalk grassland plants - including harebell, vervain and rock rose - to die out.

Grazing with sheep removes these nutrients, which helps to maintain the grassland conditions which are perfect for wildflowers.

The Hill Radnor Breed

The Trust is establishing a flock of rare breed Hill Radnor sheep for conservation grazing at various locations around the county - on the Trust’s managed estate and for other organisations we work with, including Surrey County Council, The Ministry of Defence and The National Trust.

Our expanded conservation grazing programme will contribute greatly towards the enhancement of our priority habitats and biodiversity levels within the county.

Why use Sheep?

  • Sheep have incredibly mobile mouths! This means they can nibble the grass so it is cropped close to the ground.
  • Sheep will take woody vegetation and access areas where machinery cannot.
  • Sheep are far less likely to create bare ground due to their limited weight.


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