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Colney Heath calls on cattle to improve common's grassland
Cows will be brought to Colney Heath Common to protect the natural habitat.
Colney Heath Parish Council has negotiated an agreement with Natural England, the government’s nature conservation advisers, to help safeguard the common for the future.
The agreement called a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme will provide support for the management of the common for the next 10 years and plans will be developed to the manage the land in a sustainable and wildlife friendly way.
These plans include re-introducing small scale grazing for a part of the year to a small part of the common.
The common’s unspoilt meadows and heathland are an increasingly rare sight in the local countryside. It has been estimated that since 1940, Hertfordshire’s heathlands, for example, have suffered a 97 per cent loss in area.
Residents are invited to come along to an open day on the Common on Sunday, October 6 from 10am to 12.30pm.
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