Category Archives: Livestock

On Eycott Hill

Eycott Hill isn’t one that comes immediately to mind when thinking Lake District fells, unless you are a geologist apparently.  This small volcanic outcrop is the centre on a newly opened Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve, visited on the day it … Continue reading

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Checking sheep and flowers

We are in charge of the Flexigraze stock at Whittle Dene and Prestwick Carr over the Easter break.  Fortunately we also have Jess for her holidays.  It is a shame we don’t know how to work her but after a … Continue reading

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Tranquil labours

The Exmoor ponies have been grazing the western end of Branton Quarry, near Powburn in Northumberland, for a few months now and already the results of their efforts are obvious.  A visit to a site nearby gave the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Geese – good or bad

On a beautifully clear, crisp morning I went on a farm visit with a bird expert from the RSPB to look for wintering geese.  I am contracted by the farmer to produce a Farm Environment Plan (FEP) for his land … Continue reading

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Ice heralds autumn

Morning frosts this week have firmly indicated the arrival of autumn.  A few days ago a trip to Prestwick Carr was needed to check on the flexigraze livestock there; the sheep were waiting for it to be dry enough to … Continue reading

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