Cattle to help "rewild" edge-of-town nature reserve

A neglected West of Scotland site is being turned into a diverse wildlife habitat by a mixture of native tree planting and cattle grazing.

Image: Harry Richards
Image: Harry Richards

Volunteers have planted more than 2,000 native trees including willow, alder and aspen at the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Shewalton Wood reserve, which covers more than 100 hectares on the edge of Irvine, Ayrshire.

A new fence has also been installed to allow cattle to graze and break up an area of overgrown grass, helping existing native woodland to expand naturally.

SWT reserves manager Gill Smart said: "This work is part of a long-term project to transform long-abandoned farmland and poor quality plantation into great habitats for wildlife."

She added: "Cattle are perfect for grazing down long tussocks of grass and breaking up the turf with their hooves. This lets tree seeds reach the ground and germinate, allowing the woodland to expand naturally, without the use of chemicals or machinery."

This work has been funded by North Ayrshire Council through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund as administered by LandTrust, based at the University of Glasgow.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Blowers, Vacs and Sweepers: pedestrian and tractor-mounted kit

Blowers, Vacs and Sweepers: pedestrian and tractor-mounted kit

These machines offer a step up in power for those tackling bigger clean-up jobs and can help to keep costs down, Sally Drury explains.

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best gardens or arboretum team

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best gardens or arboretum team

Winner - Woburn Gardens team, Woburn Abbey

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best gardens or arboretum (six-plus staff)

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best gardens or arboretum (six-plus staff)

Winner - Trentham Gardens, St Modwen


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Arboriculture Contracts & Tenders

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources